A New Critical Approach to the History of Palestine: Palestine History and Heritage Project 1

1st Edition

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

Published June 11, 2019
Reference - 360 Pages
ISBN 9780367146375 - CAT# K412822
Series: Copenhagen International Seminar


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A New Critical Approach to the History of Palestine discusses prospects and

methods for 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 twenty-two contributors, fifteen 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.

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