Refugees of the Revolution: Experiences of Palestinian Exile (Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and I)

Refugees of the Revolution: Experiences of Palestinian Exile (Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and I)

Diana Allan


Some sixty-five years after 750,000 Palestinians fled or have been expelled from their place of birth, the preferred perception of Palestinian refugees nonetheless emphasizes their fierce dedication to exercise their "right of return." Exile has come to appear a type of historic amber, holding refugees in a life-style that ended suddenly with "the disaster" of 1948 and their camps—inhabited now for 4 generations—as mere zones of ready. whereas decreasing refugees to symbols of steadfast single-mindedness has been politically expedient to each side of the Arab-Israeli clash it comes at a big price for refugees themselves, overlooking their person stories and aspirations and obscuring their collective tradition in exile.

Refugees of the Revolution is an evocative and provocative exam of lifestyle in Shatila, a refugee camp in Beirut. not easy universal assumptions approximately Palestinian identification and nationalist politics, Diana Allan offers an immersive account of camp adventure, of communal and fiscal existence in addition to internal lives, monitoring how citizens relate throughout generations, do something about poverty and marginalization, and plan––pragmatically and speculatively—for the longer term. She provides extraordinary consciousness to credits institutions, debt relatives, electrical energy bartering, emigration networks, and NGO provisions, arguing certain Palestinian id is being cast within the crucible of neighborhood pressures.

What would it not suggest for the generations born in exile to come to a spot they by no means left? Allan addresses this question via rethinking the connection among domestic and place of birth. In so doing, she unearths how refugees are themselves pushing again opposed to identities rooted in a merely nationalist discourse. This groundbreaking ebook bargains a richly nuanced account of Palestinian exile, and offers new percentages for the way forward for the community.

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