On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and other displacements

2017 winner
On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and other displacements
Publisher: Pluto Press
Published Date: 20 April 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0745399508

Spanning several decades, Ella Shohat’s work has introduced conceptual frameworks that fundamentally challenged conventional understandings of Palestine, Zionism and the Middle East, focusing on the pivotal figure of the Arab-Jew. This book gathers together her most influential political essays, interviews, speeches, testimonies and memoirs as well as previously unpublished material.

Defying the binarist and Eurocentric Arab-versus-Jew rendering of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Shohat’s work has dared to engage with the deeper historical and cultural questions swirling around colonialism, Orientalism and nationalism. Shohat’s paradigm-shifting work unpacks such fraught issues as the anomalies of the national/colonial in Zionist discourse; the narrating of Jewish pasts in Muslim spaces; the links and distinctions between the dispossession of the Nakba and the dislocation of Arab-Jews; the traumatic memories triggered by partition and border-crossing; the echoes within Islamophobia of the anti-Semitic figure of ‘the Jew’; and the efforts to imagine a possible future inter-communal ‘convivencia’.

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Reviewed by: Ben White

The selected writings in Ella Shohat’s book, “On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements” span a period of more than 30 years, and offer a richly rewarding panorama of the famed postcolonial scholar and cultural theorist’s work. This collection, as the publisher Pluto Press puts it, “gathers together her most influential...

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