Hidden Histories : Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean
For thousands of years, the region of Palestine and the East Mediterranean has been denied an indigenous voice for an inclusive history. Three religions ascribe their origins to this part of the world, appropriating and re-appropriating the "Holy Land" time and again. HIdden Histories offers a powerful corrective to common understandings. It emphasizes Palestine's long history and dispels many old and new myths - covering issues of religious origins and sacred sites, identity and self-colonization, and the retrieval of ancient heritage.
- Hardback | 288 pages
- 139.7 x 215.9 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
- 15 Aug 2010
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
About Basem L. Ra'ad
Basem L. Ra'ad is a Professor at Al-Quds University, Jerusalem. He has been an editor and community organiser, and taught in various countries, including Canada, Bahrain and Lebanon.
A sane careful book that seeks to restore the history of the Eastern Mediterranean from an interested sociology of knowledge. This is a study in deep time, wide space. Particularly moving is the discussion of Palestinian epistemological self-colonization, a regrettable result of the appropriation of history. An anthropology of the present. -- Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Professor of Humanities, Columbia University Basem Ra'ad draws upon the latest research in archaeology, linguistics and history to expose how Palestine's past has been appropriated for orientalist and colonialist purposes. ... This is a brilliant tour-de-force of recovery, de-colonization, revision and inclusivity. -- Hilton Obenzinger A courageous foray into one of the most fraught terrains of history. ... Those who seek to arrive at any understanding of one of the world's most misunderstood regions would do well to read [this] closely. -- Djelal Kadir, The Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University Basem Ra'ad's book is right on the mark. ... [He explains how scholars] have created a politically tendentious history of Palestine, which has effectively marginalised every alternative history, and which has supported an intensifying effort to displace modern Palestinians from their cultural roots. -- Thomas L. Thompson, Professor emeritus, University of Copenhagen
Table of contents
Figures Preface Introduction: Understanding the History of the Eastern Mediterranean Part One: Ancient Myths, Religions, and Cultures 1 "Canaan Nails": Idealized Perceptions and Their Uses 2 Origins of Monotheistic Religions 3 Sacred Sites, Pagan Roots 4 Ugaritic Revelations: What an Ancient City Tells Us 5 Wheels of Fortune: The Alphabet Part Two: Modern Myths and (De)Colonized History 6 "Last of the Phoenicians": Identity Questions 7 Appropriation: Zionist Cultural Takeover 8 Self-Colonization: Its Symptoms and Outcomes 9 Cats of Jerusalem 10 Politics of Place Names 11 Epilogue: Retrieving the Ancient Subaltern Notes Index