When we were arabs showcases the gorgeous prose of the eppy award–winning writer Massoud Hayoun, what makes a Jew, vividly shattering our contemporary understanding of what makes an Arab, bringing the worlds of his grandparents alive, and how we draw the lines over which we do battle. Today, in the age of the likud and isis, the jewish arab journalist Massoud Hayoun whom Oscar raised in Los Angeles, Oscar’s son, finds his voice by telling his family’s story.
When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family's Forgotten History #ad - To reclaim a worldly, nuanced arab identity is, for Hayoun, part of the larger project to recall a time before ethnic identity was mangled for political ends. It was a time when oscar hayoun, a jewish arab, strode along the nile in a fashionable suit, long before he and his father arrived at the port of Haifa to join the Zionist state only to find themselves hosed down with DDT and then left unemployed on the margins of society.
In that time, Arabness was a mark of cosmopolitanism, of intellectualism.
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World P.S.HarperCollins e-books #ad - After the fall of king farouk and the rise of the nasser dictatorship, abandoning a life once marked by beauty and luxury to plunge into hardship and poverty, Leon loses everything and his family is forced to flee, as they take flight for any country that would have them. A vivid, and triumph set against the stunning backdrop of Cairo, tragedy, Lucette Lagnado's unforgettable memoir is a sweeping story of family, Paris, faith, tradition, and powerful inversion of the American dream, heartbreaking, and New York.
Winner of the sami rohr prize for jewish literature and hailed by the new york times book review as a "brilliant, crushing book" and the New Yorker as a memoir of ruin "told without melodrama by its youngest survivor, " The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit recounts the exile of the author's Jewish Egyptian family from Cairo in 1963 and her father's heroic and tragic struggle to survive his "riches to rags" trajectory.
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World P.S. #ad - . Lucette lagnado's father, leon, is a successful egyptian businessman and boulevardier who, dressed in his signature white sharkskin suit, makes deals and trades at Shepherd's Hotel and at the dark bar of the Nile Hilton.
Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab WorldPenguin Books #ad - That rewrites the hoary rules of the foreign correspondent playbook, deactivating the old clichés. Dwight garner, the new york timesa growing number of intrepid Arab and Middle Eastern sahafiyat—female journalists—are working tirelessly to shape nuanced narratives about their changing homelands, often risking their lives on the front lines of war.
Including essays by: donna abu-nasr, eman helal, nada bakri, shamael elnoor, aida alami, hind hassan, roula Khalaf, Asmaa al-Ghoul, Lina Attalah, Heba Shibani, Zeina Karam, Jane Arraf, Nour Malas, Hannah Allam, Hwaida Saad, Amira Al-Sharif, Zaina Erhaim, Lina Sinjab, and Natacha Yazbeck . From sexual harassment on the streets of cairo to the difficulty of traveling without a male relative in Yemen, such as being able to speak candidly with other women at a Syrian medical clinic or with men on Whatsapp who will go on to become ISIS fighters, rebels, their challenges are unique—as are their advantages, or pro-regime soldiers.
Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World #ad - In our women on the ground, nineteen of these women tell us, in their own words, about what it’s like to report on conflicts that quite literally hit close to home. Their daring and heartfelt stories, told here for the first time, shatter stereotypes about the region’s women and provide an urgently needed perspective on a part of the world that is frequently misunderstood.
Nineteen arab women journalists speak out about what it’s like to report on their changing homelands in this first-of-its-kind essay collection, with a foreword by CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour“A stirring, provocative and well-made new anthology.
Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes and EmpiresYale University Press #ad - Mackintosh-smith reveals how linguistic developments—from pre-islamic poetry to the growth of script, and investigates how, and the later problems of printing Arabic—have helped and hindered the progress of Arab history, Muhammad’s use of writing, even in today’s politically fractured post–Arab Spring environment, Arabic itself is still a source of unity and disunity.
A riveting, comprehensive history of the arab peoples and tribes that explores the role of language as a cultural touchstone This kaleidoscopic book covers almost 3, 000 years of Arab history and shines a light on the footloose Arab peoples and tribes who conquered lands and disseminated their language and culture over vast distances.
Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires #ad - Tracing this process to the origins of the arabic language, both spoken and written, rather than the advent of Islam, Tim Mackintosh-Smith begins his narrative more than a thousand years before Muhammad and focuses on how Arabic, has functioned as a vital source of shared cultural identity over the millennia.
Justice for Some: Law and the Question of PalestineStanford University Press #ad - Yet none of the israel-Palestinian conflict's most vexing challenges have been resolved by judicial intervention. The oslo accord's two-state solution is now dead letter. Justice for some offers a new approach to understanding the Palestinian struggle for freedom, told through the power and control of international law.
Presenting the promise and risk of international law, Justice for Some calls for renewed action and attention to the Question of Palestine. Over the past century, the law has done more to advance Israel's interests than the Palestinians'. But, erakat argues, this outcome was never inevitable. Law is politics, and its meaning and application depend on the political intervention of states and people alike.
Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine #ad - International law can serve the cause of freedom when it is mobilized in support of a political movement. Laws of war have permitted killing and destruction during Israel's military offensives in the Gaza Strip. Occupation law has failed to stem Israel's settlement enterprise. Justice in the question of Palestine is often framed as a question of law.
Focusing on key junctures—from the balfour Declaration in 1917 to present-day wars in Gaza—Noura Erakat shows how the strategic deployment of law has shaped current conditions. Within the law, change is possible.
Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth CenturyFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - They wrote to share grief and to reveal secrets, to propose marriage and to plan for divorce, to maintain connection. In time, the holocaust nearly eviscerated the clan, eradicating whole branches of the family tree. In family papers, the prizewinning sephardic historian Sarah Abrevaya Stein uses the family’s correspondence to tell the story of their journey across the arc of a century and the breadth of the globe.
And years after they frayed, stein discovers, what remains solid is the fragile tissue that once held them together: neither blood nor belief, but papers. With meticulous research and care, Stein uses the Levys' letters to tell not only their history, but the history of Sephardic Jews in the twentieth century.
Family members soon moved across boundaries and hemispheres, Israel, stretching the familial diaspora from Greece to Western Europe, Brazil, and India. As leading publishers and editors, they helped chronicle modernity as it was experienced by Sephardic Jews across the Ottoman Empire. A national Jewish Book Award finalist.
Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century #ad - A superb and touching book about the frailty of ties that hold together places and people. The new york times book reviewan award-winning historian shares the true story of a frayed and diasporic Sephardic Jewish family preserved in thousands of lettersFor centuries, the bustling port city of Salonica was home to the sprawling Levy family.
Named one of the best books of 2019 by The Economist and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice.
Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee OdysseyW. W. Norton & Company #ad - The experiences her father and aunt endured, ultimately reshaped and redefined their lives and identities and those of other refugees and rescuers, along with so many others, profoundly and permanently, during and after the war. With literary grace, whose focus is not the concentration camp, Tehran Children presents a unique narrative of the Holocaust, and whose center is not Europe, but the refugee, but Central Asia and the Middle East.
After they fled the town in eastern poland where their family had been successful brewers for centuries, they endured extreme suffering in the Soviet forced labor camps known as “special settlements. Then came a journey during which tens of thousands died of starvation and disease en route to the Soviet Central Asian Republics of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
Fleeing east from nazi terror, over a million Polish Jews traversed the Soviet Union, many finding refuge in Muslim lands. The history she uncovers is one of the worst and the best of humanity. Their story—the extraordinary saga of two-thirds of Polish Jewish survivors—has never been fully told. Author mikhal dekel’s father, Hannan Teitel, and her aunt Regina were two of these refugees.
Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey #ad - Months later, their zionist caregivers escorted them via India to Mandatory Palestine, at the endpoint of their thirteen-thousand-mile journey, where, they joined hundreds of thousands of refugees including over one hundred thousand Polish Catholics. The arrival of the “tehran children” was far from straightforward, as religious and secular parties vied over their futures in what would soon be Israel.
Beginning with the death of the inscrutable tehran child who was her father, a Russian oligarch, a Polish PiS politician, Dekel fuses memoir with extensive archival research to recover this astonishing story, with the help of travel companions and interlocutors including an Iranian colleague, and an Uzbek descendent of Korean deportees.
On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements: Selected Writings of Ella ShohatPluto Press #ad - This book gathers together her most influential political essays, interviews, speeches, testimonies and memoirs. Spanning several decades, zionism and the middle East, Ella Shohat’s work has introduced conceptual frameworks that fundamentally challenged conventional understandings of Palestine, focusing on the pivotal figure of the Arab-Jew.
As well as previously unpublished material. 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. Juxtaposing texts of various genres written in divergent contexts, the book offers a vivid sense of the author’s intellectual journey.
On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements: Selected Writings of Ella Shohat #ad - . 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’.
Shohat’s transdisciplinary perspective illuminates the cultural politics in and around the Middle East.
The Art of Leaving: A MemoirRandom House #ad - His passing left her feeling rootless, devastated, and driven to question her complex identity as an Israeli of Yemeni descent in a country that suppressed and devalued her ancestors’ traditions. She travels from israel to new york, canada, falling in and out of love with countries, drugs and alcohol, Thailand, and India, men and women, running away from responsibilities and refusing to settle in one place.
. Eventually, she realizes that she must reconcile the memories of her father and the sadness of her past if she is ever going to come to terms with herself. Tsabari’s intense prose gave me pause. The new york times book review “Shortlist” “Told in a series of fierce, unflinching essays. With fierce, ayelet tsabari crafts a beautiful meditation about the lengths we will travel to try to escape our grief, emotional prose, the universal search to find a place where we belong, and the sense of home we eventually find within ourselves.
The Art of Leaving: A Memoir #ad - Praise for the art of leaving “the art of Leaving is, in large part, about what is passed down to us, and how we react to whatever it is. In the art of leaving, from her early love of writing and words, Tsabari tells her story, to her rebellion during her mandatory service in the Israeli army. An israeli canadian author explores her upbringing and the death of her father in this stark, beautiful memoir.
The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017Metropolitan Books #ad - Instead, khalidi traces a hundred years of colonial war on the Palestinians, but backed by Britain and the United States, waged first by the Zionist movement and then Israel, the great powers of the age. In reevaluating the forces arrayed against the Palestinians, it offers an illuminating new view of a conflict that continues to this day.
A landmark history of one hundred years of war waged against the palestinians from the foremost uS historian of the Middle East, mayor of Jerusalem, told through pivotal events and family historyIn 1899, Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi, alarmed by the Zionist call to create a Jewish national home in Palestine, wrote a letter aimed at Theodore Herzl: the country had an indigenous people who would not easily accept their own displacement.
. Original, the hundred years' war on palestine is not a chronicle of victimization, authoritative, and important, nor does it whitewash the mistakes of Palestinian leaders or deny the emergence of national movements on both sides. He highlights the key episodes in this colonial campaign, from the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the destruction of Palestine in 1948, from Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon to the endless and futile peace process.
The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017 #ad - He warned of the perils ahead, ending his note, “in the name of God, let Palestine be left alone. Thus rashid khalidi, al-khalidi’s great-great-nephew, begins this sweeping history, the first general account of the conflict told from an explicitly Palestinian perspective. Drawing on a wealth of untapped archival materials and the reports of generations of family members—mayors, judges, which tend, and journalists—The Hundred Years' War on Palestine upends accepted interpretations of the conflict, diplomats, scholars, at best, to describe a tragic clash between two peoples with claims to the same territory.
Assad or We Burn the Country: How One Family's Lust for Power Destroyed SyriaLittle, Brown and Company #ad - Tlass pushed for conciliation but assad decided to crush the uprising -- an act which would catapult the country into an eight-year long war, killing almost half a million and fueling terrorism and a global refugee crisis. From a pulitzer prize-nominated journalist specializing in the Middle East, this groundbreaking account of the Syrian Civil War reveals the never-before-published true story of a 21st-century humanitarian disaster.
Assad or we burn the country examines syria's tragedy through the generational saga of the Assad and Tlass families, once deeply intertwined and now estranged in Bashar's bloody quest to preserve his father's inheritance. In spring 2011, syrian president bashar al-assad turned to his friend and army commander, Manaf Tlass, for advice about how to respond to Arab Spring-inspired protests.
Assad or We Burn the Country: How One Family's Lust for Power Destroyed Syria #ad - Dagher shows how one of the world's most vicious police states came to be and explains how a regional conflict extended globally, engulfing the Middle East and pitting the United States and Russia against one another. By drawing on his own reporting experience in Damascus and exclusive interviews with Tlass, Dagher takes readers within palace walls to reveal the family behind the destruction of a country and the chaos of an entire region.
Timely, propulsive, and expertly reported, Assad or We Burn the Country is the definitive account of this global crisis, going far beyond the news story that has dominated headlines for years.