Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory

Ahmad H. Sa'di (Editor), Lila Abu-Lughod (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportBookpeer-review


For outside observers, current events in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank are seldom related to the collective memory of ordinary Palestinians. But for Palestinians themselves, the iniquities of the present are experienced as a continuous replay of the injustice of the past.By focusing on memories of the Nakba or'catastrophe'of 1948, in which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were dispossessed to create the state of Israel, the contributors to this volume illuminate the contemporary Palestinian experience and clarify the moral claims they make for justice and redress.The book's essays consider the ways in which Palestinians have remembered and organized themselves around the Nakba, a central trauma that continues to be refracted through Palestinian personal and collective memory. Analyzing oral histories and written narratives, poetry and cinema, personal testimony and courtroom evidence, the authors show how the continuing experience of violence, displacement, and occupation have
Original languageEnglish
PublisherColumbia University Press
Number of pages416
ISBN (Print)9780231509701
StatePublished - 2007

Publication series

NameCultures of History
PublisherColumbia University Press


Dive into the research topics of 'Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this