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A New Critical Approach to the History of Palestine

Palestine History and Heritage Project 1, 1st Edition

Edited by Ingrid Hjelm, Hamdan Taha, Ilan Pappe, Thomas L. Thompson

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A New Critical Approach to the History of Palestine offers a comprehensive, evidence-based history of Palestine with a critical use of recent historical, archaeological and anthropological methods. This history is not an exclusive history, but one that is ethnically and culturally inclusive, a history of and for all peoples who have lived in Palestine. After an introductory essay offering a strategy for creating coherence and continuity from the earliest beginnings to the present, the volume presents twenty articles from 22 contributors, 16 of whom are of Middle Eastern origin or relation.

Split thematically into four parts, the volume discusses ideology, national identity and chronology in various historiographies of Palestine and the legacy of memory and oral history; the transient character of ethnicity in Palestine, and questions regarding the ethical responsibilities of archaeologists and historians to protect the multi-ethnic cultural heritage of Palestine; landscape and memory, and the values of community archaeology and bio-archaeology; and an exploration of the "ideology of the land" and its influence on Palestine’s history and heritage.

The first in a series of books under the auspices of the Palestine History and Heritage Project (PaHH), the volume offers a challenging new departure for writing the history of Palestine and Israel throughout the ages. A New Critical Approach to the History of Palestine explores the diverse history of the region against the backdrop of twentieth century scholarly construction of the history of Palestine as a history of a Jewish homeland, with roots in an ancient, biblical Israel, and examines the implications of this ancient and recent history for archaeology and cultural heritage. The book offers a fascinating new perspective for students and academics in the fields of anthropological, political, cultural and biblical history.

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of contributors

Preface

List of Abbreviations

INTRODUCTION

Creating Coherence and Continuity: Suggestions and Illustrations of Methods and Themes

THOMAS L. THOMPSON

Part 1 HISTORIOGRAPHY

1.1. Emic and etic historiography and tradition within various disciplines

1. Palestinian Local Historical Narrative

HAMDAN TAHA

2. Palestinian Identity: The Question of Historiography

ISSAM NASSAR

3. History of Palestine versus History of Israel? The Minimalist - Maximalist Debate

INGRID HJELM

4. De-Theologising Medieval Palestine: Corpus, Tradition and Double-Critique

JOSHUA SABIH

5. History, Curriculum and Textbooks: Reframing Palestine in the post-Oslo period NADIA NASER-NAJJAB AND ILAN PAPPE

1.2. The roles of memory and oral history in history writing

6. Oral History’s Credibility, Role and Functionality

MAHMOUD ISSA

7. The Cultural and Linguistic Background of the Naming of Objects and Agricultural Installations in Palestine

ISSAM HALAYQA

8. The Production of Alternative Knowledge: Political Participation of Palestinian Women since the 1930s: A Case Study

FAIHA ABDULHADI

Part 2 ETHNICITY, GEOGRAPHY AND POLITICS

9. The Cultural Heritage between Ethnicity and Ethical Matters

GHATTAS J. SAYEJ

10. Narratives, Nucleotides, Nationhood: The Conundrum of Demographic Continuity and Discontinuity and the Quest for Historic Legitimacy

MICHAEL NATHANSON

11. Patronage and the Political Anthropology of Ancient Palestine in the Bronze and Iron Ages

EMANUEL PFOH AND THOMAS L. THOMPSON

12. “To Be an Israelite and a Judean as I Want You to Be". Material Culture and Ethnicity during the Iron Age

HANI NUR EL-DIN

Part 3 LANDSCAPE, ARCHAEOLOGY AND MEMORY IN THE INTERFACE BETWEEN HISTORY AND TRADITION

13. Theoretical Perspectives on Landscape and Memory, and the Case of Lubya as Lieu De Memoire

BO DAHL HERMANSEN

14. Community Archaeology in Palestine: Protection, Preservation and Promotion of Archaeological Heritage Sites in Palestine

IMAN SACA

15. The Al-Nuweima Mosque: An Archaeological Perspective on Modern History

ANDREW PETERSEN

16. Archaeology as Anthropology (Bioarcheology)

ISSA SARIE

Part 4 IDEOLOGIES OF THE LAND

17. Mapping Palestine. Biblical and Rabbinic Perspectives

PHILIP DAVIES

18. Land, People, and Empire. The Bible through Palestinian Christian Eyes

MITRI RAHEB

19. Judaism’s Response to the Invention of the Homeland

SHLOMO SAND

20. The History of Israel… But what Is this Israel?: Drawing Conclusions from Recent Research into the History of Ancient Palestine

NIELS PETER LEMCHE

Index of Authors

About the Editors

Ingrid Hjelm is Associate Professor Emerita from the University of Copenhagen and former Director of the Palestine History and Heritage Project (2014-17). She is the author of The Samaritans and Early Judaism (2000) and Jerusalem’s Rise to Sovereignty (2004) in addition to a considerable number of articles within the field of Samaritan studies, the history of ancient Palestine, Judea and Israel, and the Hebrew Bible. Co- authored with Keith Whitelam, Thomas Thompson, Niels Lemche and Ziad Muna, New Information about the History of Ancient Palestine (Arabic; 2004). Co-edited with Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme, Myths of Exile (2015), and with Thomas L. Thompson, History and Archaeology and the Bible after "Historicity".Changing Perspectives 6,and Biblical Interpretation beyond Historicity. Changing Perspectives 7 (2016). General Editor of the Copenhagen International Seminar Series (2011 -).

Hamdan Taha is an Independent researcher, former deputy Minister for heritage, (2012-2014), and the director general of the then newly established Department of Antiquities in Palestine (1994-2012). He has directed a series of excavations and restoration projects and co-directed the joint expeditions at Tell es-Sultan, Khirbet Bal’ama, Tell el-Mafjar, Kh. El-Mafjar and Tell Balata. He worked also as a national coordinator of the World Heritage Programme in Palestine. He is the author of many books, field reports and scholarly articles.

Ilan Pappe, Professor of History at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter. Author of numerous articles and books on Palestine and the modern state of Israel, including: A History of Modern Palestine (2004), The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006), The Forgotten Palestinians (2011), The Idea of Israel (2014), The Biggest Prison on Earth (2017).

Thomas L. Thompson, Professor Emeritus, formerly research Fellow for the Tübinger Atlas des vorderen Orients from 1969-1976, was Professor of Old Testament at the University of Copenhagen from 1993-2009. He has produced more than 20 books, four of which have been translated into Arabic, and 170 lesser works related to the history of Palestine and biblical literature. The best known books are The Historicity of the Patriarchal Narratives (1974), The Settlement of Palestine in the Bronze Age (1979), The Early History of the Israelite People (1992); The Bible in History (1999); The Messiah Myth (2005) and Biblical Narrative and Palestine’s History (2013); with Keith Whitelam, Ingrid Hjelm, Niels Lemche and Ziad Muna, New Information about the History of Ancient Palestine (Arabic; 2004). In 1996, he started the Copenhagen International Seminar Series of which he was General Editor until 2016. To date the series has published about 40 books.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN004000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies