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Book List (Non-Fiction)
The hundred years' war on Palestine : a history of settler colonialism and resistance, 1917-2017 by
Call Number: DS119.7 .K4279 2020
A history told from the Palestinian perspective, arguing the period since the Balfour declaration of 1917 has amounted to a hundred years of colonial war against the Palestinians.
Apartheid in Palestine : hard laws and harder experiences by
Call Number: DS113.7 .A63 2016
There are more than two sides in the conflict between Palestine and Israel. There are millions. Millions of lives, voices, stories behind the enduring struggle in Israel and Palestine. Yet, the easy binary of Palestine vs. Israel so often relied upon for context in media reports effectively silences the multitudinous lived experiences at the heart of this strife. Anyone interested in more nuanced debate, will want to read this collection of essays.
Nabil Anani : Palestine, land and people by
Call Number: N7279.A5 N33 2018
Considered by many as a key founder of the contemporary Palestinian art movement, Anani’s development as an artist has run in parallel with major events in recent Palestinian history. His work reflects the lived Palestinian experience, exhibiting distinctive responses to issues of exile, dislocation, conflict, memory and loss.
Unfree in Palestine: registration, documentation and movement restriction by
Call Number: JC596.2.P19 A289 2013
A masterful expose of the web of bureaucracy used by Israel to deprive the Palestinians of basic rights and freedoms, and calls for international justice and inclusive security in place of discrimination and division.
The forgotten Palestinians : a history of the Palestinians in Israel by
For more than 60 years, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have lived as Israeli citizens within the borders of the nation formed at the end of the 1948 conflict. Pappé analyzes the Israeli state's policy towards its Palestinian citizens, finding discrimination in matters of housing, education, and civil rights.
Call Number: DS12 .S24 2003a
Edward Said's groundbreaking critique of the West's historical, cultural, and political perceptions of the East has become a modern classic. Essential, and still eye-opening, Orientalism remains one of the most important books written about our divided world.
I Saw Ramallah by
Barred from his homeland after 1967’s Six-Day War, the poet Mourid Barghouti spent thirty years in exile—shuttling among the world’s cities, yet secure in none of them; separated from his family for years at a time; never certain whether he was a visitor, a refugee, a citizen, or a guest. As he returns home for the first time since the Israeli occupation, Barghouti crosses a wooden bridge over the Jordan River into Ramallah and is unable to recognize the city of his youth. Sifting through memories of the old Palestine as they come up against what he now encounters in this mere “idea of Palestine,” he discovers what it means to be deprived not only of a homeland but of “the habitual place and status of a person.”
Mountain against the sea: essays on Palestinian society and culture by
Call Number: DS112 .T36 2009
Salim Tamari offers eleven vignettes of Palestine's cultural life in the momentous first half of the twentieth century.
Transcolonial Maghreb : imagining Palestine in the era of decolonization by
Call Number: PN849.A355 H37 2016
Transcolonial Maghreb offers the first thorough analysis of the ways in which Moroccan, Algerian, and Tunisian writers have engaged with the Palestinian question and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict for the past fifty years.
Beyond occupation : apartheid, colonialism and international law in the occupied Palestinian territories by
Call Number: KZ4282 .B49 2012
Beyond Occupation looks at three contentious terms that regularly arise in contemporary arguments about Israel's practices towards Palestinians in the occupied territories – occupation, colonialism and apartheid
The Balfour Declaration: the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict by
Call Number: DS125.5 .S366 2012
The Balfour Declaration is a riveting volume about the ancient faiths and timeless treacheries that continue to drive global events.
International law and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict : a rights-based approach to Middle East peace by
Call Number: KZ4282 .I58 2011
Through the lens of international law and justice, the book debunks the myth that law is not useful to its resolution, illustrating through both theory and practice how international law points the way to a just and durable solution to the conflict in the Middle East.
A major translation of remarkable, late poems by the great Palestinian poet.
“Darwish’s poetry is an epic effort to transform the lyrics of loss into the indefinitely postponed drama of return.”
– Edward Said
In Search of Fatima by
Publication Date: July 2009
Ghada Karmi's acclaimed memoir relates her childhood in Palestine, flight to Britain after the catastrophe, and coming of age in Golders Green, the north London Jewish suburb. A powerful biographical story, In Search of Fatima reflects the author's personal experiences of displacement and loss against a backdrop of the major political events which have shaped conflict in the Middle East. Speaking for the millions of displaced people worldwide who have lived suspended between their old and new countries, fitting into neither, this is an intimate, nuanced exploration of the subtler privations of psychological displacement and loss of identity.
Publication Date: May 2015
Having grown up in Britain following her family's exile from Palestine, doctor, author and academic Ghada Karmi leaves her adoptive home in a quest to return to her homeland. In her journey, she takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the heart of one of the world’s most intractable conflict zones and one of the major issues of our time. Visiting places she has not seen since childhood, her unique insights reveal a militarised and barely recognisable homeland, and her home in Jerusalem, like much of the West Bank, occupied by strangers.
On Palestine by
Ilan Pappé and Noam Chomsky, two leading voices in the struggle to liberate Palestine, discuss the road ahead for Palestinians and how the international community can pressure Israel to end its human rights abuses against the people of Palestine. On Palestine is the sequel to their acclaimed book Gaza in Crisis
More noble than war: a soccer history of Israel-Palestine by
Call Number: GV944.I75 B55 2019
Nicholas Blincoe weaves a dramatic narrative filled with driven players and coaches who are inspired as much by nationalism as a love of the game. Blincoe traces the history from the sport's introduction through church leagues, he rising tensions after the creation of Israel, and the decades of violence, war, and hunger strikes that have decimated teams.
Book List (Fiction)
Mornings in Jenin by
An internationally best-selling novel. The story of one family's struggle and survival through over sixty years of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, carrying us from Jenin to Jerusalem, to Lebanon and the anonymity of America. It is a story shaped by loss, by scars and fear, but also by the transformative intimacy of marriage and the fierce protectiveness of motherhood. It is a story of faith, forgiveness, and of life-sustaining love.
Against The Loveless World by
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
As Nahr sits, locked away in solitary confinement, she spends her days reflecting on the dramatic events that landed her in prison in a country she barely knows. Born in Kuwait in the 70s to Palestinian refugees, she dreamed of falling in love with the perfect man, raising children, and possibly opening her own beauty salon. Instead, the man she thinks she loves jilts her after a brief marriage, her family teeters on the brink of poverty, she’s forced to prostitute herself, and the US invasion of Iraq makes her a refugee, as her parents had been. After trekking through another temporary home in Jordan, she lands in Palestine, where she finally makes a home, falls in love, and her destiny unfolds under Israeli occupation.
The Beauty of Your Face by
Publication Date: April 7th 2020
A Palestinian American woman wrestles with faith, loss, and identity before coming face-to-face with a school shooter in this searing debut. The Beauty of Your Face navigates a country growing ever more divided. Afaf Rahman, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, is the principal of Nurrideen School for Girls, a Muslim school in the Chicago suburbs. One morning, a shooter—radicalized by the online alt-right—attacks the school. As Afaf listens to his terrifying progress, we are swept back through her memories: the bigotry she faced as a child, her mother’s dreams of returning to Palestine, and the devastating disappearance of her older sister that tore her family apart.
The Blue Between Sky And Water by
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Internationally bestselling author Susan Abulhawa''s powerful new novel explores the legacy of dispossession across continents and generations. With devastatingly clear-eyed vision of political and personal trauma, The Blue Between Sky and Water is the story of flawed yet profoundly courageous women, of separation and heartache, endurance and renewal.
Salt Houses by
Publication Date: May 2nd 2017
Lyrical and heartbreaking, Salt Houses is a remarkable debut novel that challenges and humanizes an age-old conflict we might think we understand—one that asks us to confront that most devastating of all truths: you can’t go home again.
The Parisian by
Isabella Hammad delicately unpicks the tangled politics and personal tragedies of a turbulent era – the Palestinian struggle for independence from the British Mandate, the strife of the early twentieth century and the looming shadow of the Second World War. An intensely human story amidst a global conflict, The Parisian is historical fiction with a remarkable contemporary voice.
Minor Detail by
Longlisted for The Booker Prize 2021. A haunting meditation on war, violence and memory, Minor Detail cuts to the heart of the Palestinian experience of dispossession, life under occupation, and the persistent difficulty of piecing together a narrative in the face of ongoing erasure and disempowerment.
Haifa Fragments by
Maisoon is a tradition-defying Palestinian Christian woman, who lives on her own in Haifa, works as a jewellery designer, and is resisting her Muslim boyfriend Ziyad’s continuous attempts to marry her for fear of losing her independence. She cannot understand her father Majid, nor Ziyad’s apathy for the things going on around them, causing tension in both relationships. Maisoon crosses paths with Shahd, a young Palestinian woman who lives in a refugee camp and becomes smitten with her. Through the characters of Maisoon and Shahd, we witness the differences in the daily challenges faced by Palestinians living in Israel, and Palestinians living in refugee camps.