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On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements

*Winner of the MEMO Palestine Book Awards 2017**BR**BR*Spanning several decades, Ella Shohat's work has introduced conceptual frameworks that fundamentally challenged conventional understandings of Palestine, Zionism and the Middle East, focusing on the pivotal figure of the Arab-Jew. This book gathers together her most influential political essays, interviews, speeches, testimonies and memoirs, as well as previously unpublished material.*BR**BR*Defying the binarist and Eurocentric Arab-versus-Jew rendering of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Shohat's work has dared to engage with the deeper historical and cultural questions swirling around colonialism, Orientalism and nationalism. Shohat's paradigm-shifting work unpacks such fraught issues as the anomalies of the national/colonial in Zionist discourse; the narrating of Jewish pasts in Muslim spaces; the links and distinctions between the dispossession of the Nakba and the dislocation of Arab-Jews; the traumatic memories triggered by partition and border-crossing; the echoes within Islamophobia of the anti-Semitic figure of 'the Jew'; and the efforts to imagine a possible future inter-communal 'convivencia'.*BR**BR*Shohat's transdisciplinary perspective illuminates the cultural politics in and around the Middle East. Juxtaposing texts of various genres written in divergent contexts, the book offers a vivid sense of the author's intellectual journey.
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Table of Contents

Preface Part I The Question of the Arab-Jew 1. Sephardim in Israel: Zionism from the Standpoint of its Jewish Victims 2. Dislocated Identities: Reflections of an Arab-Jew 3. Breaking the Silence: My Oppression as a Mizrahi Woman 4. Mizrahi Feminism: The Politics of Gender, Race, and Multiculturalism 5. The Invention of the Mizrahim 6. Remembering a Baghdad Elsewhere: An Emotional Cartography Part II Between Palestine and Israel 7. The Trouble with Hanna (with Richard Porton) 8. In Defence of Mordechai Vanunu: Nuclear Threat in the Middle East (with Yerach Gover) 9. Anomalies of the National: Representing Israel/Palestine 10. Territories of the National Imagination: Intifada Observed 11. Exile, Diaspora, and Return: The Inscription of Palestine in Zionist Discourse 12. The Alphabet of Dispossession 13. On Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation (Interview Conducted by Jadaliyya) 14. In Memory of Edward Said, the Bulletproof Intellectual 15. A Voyage to Toledo: Twenty-Five Years After the "Jews of the Orient and Palestinians" Meeting Part III Cultural Politics of the Middle East 16. Egypt: Cinema and Revolution 17. Gender in Hollywood's Orient 18. The Media's War 19. The Carthage Film Festival (with Robert Stam) 20. The Cinema of Displacement: Gender, Nation, and Diaspora 21. Reflections on September 11 22. Anti-Americanism: The Middle East (A Conversation with Rashid Khalidi) 23. Postscript to Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth 24. On the Margins of Middle Eastern Studies: Situating Said's Orientalism Part IV: Muslims, Jews, and Diasporic Readings 25. Rethinking Jews and Muslims: Quincentennial Reflections 26. 'Coming to America': Reflections on Hair and Memory Loss 27. Diasporic Thinking: Between Babel and Babylon (A Conversation Conducted by Christian Hoeller) 28. Arab-Jews, Diasporas, and Multicultural Feminism (A Conversation Conducted by Evelyn Alsultany) 29. Forget Baghdad: Arabs and Jews - the Iraqi Connection (A Conversation Conducted by Rasha Salti and Layla Al-Zubaidi) 30. Bodies and Borders (An Interview Conducted by Manuela Boatca and Sergio Costa) 31 Don't Choke on History: Reflections on Dar al Sulh, Dubai, 2013(A Joint Conversation with Michael Rakowitz and Regine Basha) Notes Index

About the Author

Ella Shohat, an Arab Jew from a Baghdadi family now living in New York, is Professor of Cultural Studies and of Middle Eastern Studies, New York University. Among her many books are Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation (I.B. Tauris, 2010) and Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices (Duke University Press, 2006).


'[A] profoundly important collection ... of enormous importance in understanding not only the tragedy of the post-1947 "population exchange" but the ethnic conflicts tearing apart the Middle East and North Africa today' -- Counterpunch 'The volume is so rich in content and perspective on the changing patterns of ethnicity and its interaction with historical circumstance that I hardly know where to begin ... A genuine and enduring achievement.' -- Peace News 'Ella Shohat is a gifted cultural critic who writes about complex issues with great clarity, wisdom, and insight. In this collection of essays she tackles a wide range of Middle Eastern topics from a refreshingly original and radical perspective. She is a wrecking-ball of Zionist orthodoxies' -- Avi Shlaim, author of The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World 'In this rich and wide-ranging collection, Ella Shohat demonstrates subtlety, imagination, and the potential of engaged writing. Although it probes many aspects of loss and dislocation, this work is sustained, in the end, by a profound sense of hope' -- Ahdaf Soueif, author of Cairo: Memoir of a City Transformed (Bloomsbury, 2014) 'Authoritative, knowledgeable, and fascinating ... an essential addition to understanding the nature of Israel and the conflict its establishment has created, not just for Palestinians but also for the Mizrahi or 'Arab Jews'. Poignant and thought-provoking' -- Ghada Karmi, author of Return: A Palestinian Memoir (Verso, 2015) 'A scholar of unique range, learning, and originality' -- Jacqueline Rose, author of The Last Resistance (Verso, 2007)

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