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Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities

2016 winner
Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Published Date: 01 April 2016
ISBN-13: 978-0231176361

Conducting interviews with first-, second-, and third-generation members of Syria’s Palestinian community, Anaheed Al-Hardan follows the evolution of the Nakba—the central signifier of the Palestinian refugee past and present—in Arab intellectual discourses, Syria’s Palestinian politics, and the community’s memorialization. Al-Hardan’s sophisticated research sheds light on the enduring relevance of the Nakba among the communities it helped create, while challenging the nationalist and patriotic idea that memories of the Nakba are static and universally shared among Palestinians. Her study also critically tracks the Nakba’s changing meaning in light of Syria’s twenty-first-century civil war.

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Reviewed by: Amelia Smith

When recollecting the Nakba, Palestinian refugees in Syria recall fishing in the Jordan River, the trees on their land and the houses they once lived in. With these memories they evoke a world that was destroyed by the 1948 Catastrophe, rather than the actual death and displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to make way for the...

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The 2017 Shortlist

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

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