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Heroes and Martyrs of Palestine
The Politics of National Commemoration


Part of Cambridge Middle East Studies

  • Author: Laleh Khalili, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521106382

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  • Many decades have passed since the Palestinian national movement began its political and military struggle. In that time, poignant memorials at massacre sites, a palimpsest of posters of young heroes and martyrs, sorrowful reminiscences about lost loved ones, and wistful images of young men and women who fought as guerrillas, have all flourished in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Heroes and Martyrs of Palestine tells the story of how dispossessed Palestinians have commemorated their past, and how through their dynamic everyday narrations, their nation has been made even without the institutional memory-making of a state. Bringing ethnography to political science, Khalili invites us to see Palestinian nationalism in its proper international context and traces its affinities with Third Worldist movements of its time, while tapping a rich and oft-ignored seam of Palestinian voices, histories, and memories.

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    Review of the hardback: '… this book is well worth the investment - or encouraging your institutional library to purchase. As media and academia persist in endlessly discussing the role of 'militants' in the contemporary Middle East, Khalili points to the active role of NGOs in the shaping of Palestinian national discourse and narrative.' al-Majdal Quarterly Magazine

    Review of the hardback: 'Khalili is to be congratulated for her perception that commemorative practices would offer an illuminating path to reworking a history that combines tragedy and resistance in unusual measure. The skill with which she brings together wide-ranging archival research and live-in observation has produced an outstanding study that balances cool analysis with lively sympathy.' Rosemary Sayigh, Middle East Report

    Review of the hardback: 'This eloquent, engaging, well-researched book ... is an essential volume in any collection on Palestinian politics and society.' Amahl Bishara, International Journal of Middle East Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521106382
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Transnational movements and discourses
    3. Palestinian lives and local institutions in the camps of Lebanon
    4. Forms of commemoration
    5. Contents of commemoration: narratives of heroism, suffering, and Sumud
    6. Guerrillas and martyrs: evolution of national 'heroes'
    7. Between battles and massacres: commemorating violent events
    8. Commemoration in the occupied Palestinian territories
    9. Conclusions

  • Author

    Laleh Khalili, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
    Laleh Khalili is Lecturer in Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

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