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Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora

2016 winner
Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Published Date: 21 January 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1474405393

In this ground-breaking volume, 102 Palestinians in North America and the United Kingdom reflect in their own words on what it means to be Palestinian in the diaspora. Men and women, young and old, Christians and Muslims, including well-known academics, poets, writers, faith leaders and singers, reveal their tangled ties to ‘home’ and ‘homeland’, exploring how Palestine in the diaspora can be both lost and found, bereaved and celebrated, lived and longed-for. Touching, often troubling, but full of character and wit, the reflections in Being Palestinian offer a radically fresh look at the modern Palestinian experience in the West. And the time-honoured issues of identity, exile and diaspora give acute sense to these very personal reflections.

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Reviewed by: Diana Alghoul

Being Palestinian is a compilation of short essays written by people from within the Palestinian diaspora. It contains personal stories of Palestinians from all walks of life talking about their experiences as Palestinians living abroad, their sense of belonging to a country that is not recognised and to a culture that is constantly dismissed or...

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The 2017 Shortlist

  • Code Name: Butterfly
  • Gaza under Hamas: From Islamic Democracy to Islamist Governance
  • On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and other displacements
  • The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine
  • The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories
  • The Commander: Fawzi Al-Qawuqji and the fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948
  • Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine
  • The Oslo Accords
  • Drawing the Kafr Qasem Massacre

Past Winners

  • Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities
  • I Remember My Name
  • Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora
  • Imperial Perceptions: British influence and power in late Ottoman times
  • Gaza: A History
  • Jerusalem Interrupted: Modernity and Colonial Transformation
  • The Palestinians: Photographs of a Land and its People from 1839 to the Present Day
  •  The Battle for Justice in Palestine
  • Refugees of Revolution: Experiences of Exile
  • The Storyteller of Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904-1948