Encyclopedia of the Palestinians (Facts on File Library of World History)

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"The scholarship and the balanced nature of a controversial, highly partisan issue are what make this volume important and useful to students of current events. The articles are clear and accessible, and discuss the political movements, arts, customs, and individuals that have made an impact on the Palestinian world."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2001.

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List of Contributors Ziad Abu-Amr. Bir Zeit University member, Palestinian Legislative Council As'ad AbuKhalil, California State University sinan Antoon, Indiana University Geoffrey Aronson, Director, Foundation for Middle East Peace Issa J. Boullato, Artist, Menton, France Laurie A. Brand, University of Southern California Sarah Graham-Brown, Consultant and writer, London Inea Bushnaq, Folklorist, New York Neil Caplan, Vanier College, Montreal Kathy Christison, Former CIA analyst, Santa Fe, New Mexico Sharif Elmusa, American University of Cairo Michael R. Fischbach, Randolph-Macon College; Director, Palestinian American Research Center Fawwaz A. Gerges, Sarah Lawrence College Albert Glock, Former director of the Albright Institute; founder of the Archaelolgical Institute, Bir Zeit University. (Lois Glock, wife of Albert Glock, updated the entry). Galia Golan, Hebrew University Eric Goldstein, Middle East Watch Alain Gresh, Le Monde Diplomatique Eric Hooglund, Editor, Critique: Journal for Critical Studies of the Middle East George Irani, Washington College Rashid Khalidi, University of Chicago Ann Mosely Lesch, Villanova University F. T. Liu, International Peace Academy, New York Ian Lustick, University of Pennsylvania Sari Makdisi, University of Chicago Adel Manna, Harry S. Truman Institute for Peace, Jerusalem Nur Masalha, The American International University, London Philip Mattar, Director, Institute for Palestine Studies, Washington, D.C. Muhammad Muslih, Long Island University Justin McCarthy, University of Louisville Benny Morris, Harry S. Truman Institute for Peace; Ben Gurion University Fadle Naqib, University of Waterloo Robert Olson, Former U. S. diplomat, Hayward, Wisconsin Don Perets, Professor emeritus, State University of New York, Binghamton Julie Peteet, University of Louisville Muin Rabbani, Oxford University Cheryl Reubenberg, Florida International University John Ruedy, Georgetown University Sara Roy, Harvard University Bernard Sabella, Bethlehem University Muhammad Siddiq, Universtiy of California at Berkeley Raja Shehadeh, Founder of al-Haq/Law in the Service of Man; lawyer, Ramalla Avi Shlaim, Oxford University Charles Smith, University of Arizona Salim Tamari, Bir Zeit University; Director, Institute for Jerusalem Studies Mark Tessler, University of Wisconsin Janice J. Terry, East Michigan University Shelagh G. Weir, Museum of Mankind, London

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Mattar, coeditor of the well-received Encyclopedia of the Modern Mid dle East (1996), directs the Institute for Palestine Studies, an independent nonprofit research and publication center not affiliated with any political organization or government. IPS promotes analysis and documentation on the Arab-Israeli conflict and its peaceful resolution and publishes quarterlies in English, Arabic, and French. The aim of this encyclopedia is to provide a readable, complete resource on significant topics in Palestinian history and society during the late Ottoman era, British rule, and post-1948 period. The 320 alphabetically arranged articles are signed, although the affiliations of the 48 American, Palestinian, and Israeli contributors are not given. Michael Fischbach, one of the frequent contributors, has published extensively on the Middle East; other contributors' writings can be found in the bibliographies at the end of some entries or in the 14-page annotated general bibliography. Approximately one-third of the entries are biographical, and the rest cover politics, events, geography, economics, culture, organizations, conferences, and documents. Cross-references are indicated in small caps within the articles. The writing is clear, concise, and objective, providing both details and the larger picture. The importance of the topic generally determines the length. Women is comprehensive and balanced. The entry on Edward Said, a prominent intellectual, is overlong, as it covers his writings beyond Palestinian matters. Objectivity is shown in discussions of criticism by other Palestinian leaders of the autocratic leadership of Yasir Arafat, human rights violations by Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and the reasons the Mufti of Jerusalem failed. Biographical entries provide the year of birth (sometimes not definite), city of birth (or location, such as refugee camp), and year of death. Entries on several families reflect continuity of leadership and professional attainments through generations. The work is quite current, noting some events that occurred in early 1999. A 10-page chronology covers events from 638 to May 1999. The work succeeds in succinctly and impartially conveying the facts of Palestinian history and society. As peace evolves in the Middle East, it will be a valuable resource for general and advanced users. RBB
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