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Representations: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Biographies: Writing in Another Language: Palestinians Writing in English
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The central issue of contemporary Arab history is undoubtedly the Palestinian nakba (catastrophe) of 1948. The Western world's singular absence of sympathy for the Palestinians, its continuous denial of Arab historical claims to the cities, villages, and the lands of Palestine, and especially of Jerusalem as central to the very soul of Arab – and Muslim – culture, not only angers and wounds Palestinians: it is in itself crucial to the understanding of the Palestine question and its complex ramifications in…

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Makdisi, Jean Said, “Representations: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Biographies: Writing in Another Language: Palestinians Writing in English”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICSIM_0665>
First published online: 2010



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