Palestinian Identity

The author's primary purpose is to establish the origins of a Palestinian national consciousness, which he does with the obvious animus toward Israel and Zionism. He presents arguments for the existence of an amorphous Palestinian territory with an identifiable population existing before Zionism.
Khalidi Rashid, Palestinian Identity, Columbia University Press, 1997.

Rashid Khalidi presents arguments for the existence of an amorphous Palestinian territory with an identifiable population existing before the emergence of political Zionism.

The author's primary purpose is to establish the origins of a Palestinian national consciousness, which he does with the obvious animus toward Israel and Zionism. Khalidi's research was greatly enhanced by his access to the family library in Jerusalem, bringing to light certain documentation for the first time.

His historiographic method is path-breaking, including coverage of nonelite elements of Palestinian society involved in the development of a nationalistic sentiment. Essential reading along with Muhammad Muslih's The Origins of Palestinian Nationalism.

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