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Hidden Histories: Palestine And The Eastern Mediterranean [Paperback]

Basem L. Ra'ad

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Aug. 15 2010 074532830X 978-0745328300
For thousands of years, Palestine and the East Mediterranean have been subject to constant colonial interference which has denied the indigenous population an independent, authentic historical narrative. Basem L. Ra’ad uncovers this history and begins the process of reconnecting it to contemporary peoples. Perceptions of the region have been influenced by the operation of "Western civilization" and by many other inherited cultural-religious preconceptions. The region itself has been disenfranchised and prevented from developing its own comprehensive cultural history. Ra’ad's findings are an important step towards reconstructing an alternative history, one which dispels many of the myths and traps relating to religions, languages, peoples and sites. This highly original work is an essential text for students of Middle Eastern history, politics and culture.

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“A thoughtful, engaging, and original book, it is perhaps the first corrective history of Palestine, its people, its region, and its culture” -- Naseer Aruri, Chancellor Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
 
"Hidden Histories is a brilliant tour de force of recovery, decolonization, re-vision, and inclusivity"-- Hilton Obenzinger, Stanford University  
 
"Those who seek any understanding of a most misunderstood region should read carefully Ra'ad's meticulous retracing of its overwrought human record" -- Djelal Kadir, Pennsylvania State University
 
"A study in deep time, wide space.... an anthropology of the present" -- Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University
 
“Ra’ad carries his impressive erudition lightly. He even has a chapter on the ‘Cats of Jerusalem.’ He introduces his Epilogue with, ‘This is not my last chapter. It is the beginning of another book.’ Let us hope so, and as soon as possible, please.” – Jane Adas, The Link

About the Author

Basem L. Ra’ad is a Professor at Al-Quds University, Jerusalem. Born in Jerusalem, he received his education in Jordan, Lebanon, the U.S. and Canada, earning a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in 1978. He has been an editor and community organizer, and taught in various countries, including Canada, Bahrain and Lebanon.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Since Time Immemorial, the Real Story Dec 26 2011
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Basam L. Ra'ad's new book is a companion volume to Shlomo Sand's: "The Invention of the Jewish People". It turns out that the Palestinians, now exiled or living on their land under duress, are descended from the people of that land from ancient times: ah, Canaanites. The corollary story is another tragic story; of Jews descended from Jewish proselytes of the Ukraine, Western Turkey, Eastern Europe, or North Africa - reviving a modern version of a little-spoken ancient hebrew language, for the purpose of claiming the locus of origin of the Torah Judaism that preceded Talmudic Judaism. Basam Ra'ad neatly summarizes the falsehoods of the bible-as-history, that are relevant to this particular debunking.

To me, it seems a great loss to bury the Jewish histories of large-scale religious conversion and the true stories of origins in other ancient lands and tribal migrations. That would be true history, much more interesting than the improbable, received mythology. The derivative Christian religions kept select old books from Judaism and indeed used the old stories to support the seizure of lands of other unworthy "Canaanites", but in that process the colonizers kept a sense of being merely symbolic "Israelites", recognizing the while that they came from specific nations in Europe. In Palestine, we have a land seizure based upon the bible, but at pains not to identify the natives as even make-believe, "Canaanites".
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