A New Critical Approach to the History of Palestine discusses prospects and

methods for a comprehensive, evidence-based history of Palestine with a

critical use of recent historical, archaeological and anthropological methods.

This history is not an exclusive history but one that is ethnically and

culturally inclusive, a history of and for all peoples who have lived in Palestine.

After an introductory essay offering a strategy for creating coherence

and continuity from the earliest beginnings to the present, the volume presents

twenty articles from twenty-two contributors, fifteen of whom are of

Middle Eastern origin or relation.

Split thematically into four parts, the volume discusses ideology, national

identity and chronology in various historiographies of Palestine, and the

legacy of memory and oral history; the transient character of ethnicity in

Palestine and questions regarding the ethical responsibilities of archaeologists

and historians to protect the multi-ethnic cultural heritage of Palestine;

landscape and memory, and the values of community archaeology and

bio-archaeology; and an exploration of the “ideology of the land” and its

influence on Palestine’s history and heritage.

The first in a series of books under the auspices of the Palestine History

and Heritage Project (PaHH), the volume offers a challenging new departure

for writing the history of Palestine and Israel throughout the ages. A

New Critical Approach to the History of Palestine explores the diverse history

of the region against the backdrop of twentieth-century scholarly construction

of the history of Palestine as a history of a Jewish homeland with roots

in an ancient, biblical Israel and examines the implications of this ancient

and recent history for archaeology and cultural heritage. The book offers a

fascinating new perspective for students and academics in the fields of anthropological,

political, cultural and biblical history.

chapter |16 pages


Creating coherence and continuity: suggestions and illustrations of methods and themes
ByThomas L. Thompson

part 1|156 pages


part 1.1|106 pages

Emic and etic historiography and tradition within various disciplines

chapter 1|26 pages

Palestinian historical narrative 1

ByHamdan Taha

chapter 2|17 pages

Palestinian identity

The question of historiography
ByIssam Nassar

chapter 4|20 pages

De-theologising medieval Palestine

Corpus, tradition and double critique
ByJoshua A. Sabih

chapter 5|23 pages

History, curriculum and textbooks

Reframing Palestine in the post-Oslo period 1
ByNadia Naser-Najjab, Ilan Pappe

part 1.2|50 pages

chapter 6|18 pages

Oral history’s credibility, role and functionality

From the Arab Islamic tradition to modern historiography
ByMahmoud Issa

chapter 8|13 pages

The production of alternative knowledge

Political participation of Palestinian women since the 1930s – a case study 1
ByFaiha Abdulhadi

part 2|66 pages

Ethnicity, geography and politics

chapter 9|13 pages

Cultural heritage of Palestine

Ethnicity and ethics 1
ByGhattas J. Sayej

chapter 10|14 pages

Narratives, nucleotides, nationhood

The conundrum of demographic continuity and discontinuity, and the quest for historic legitimacy 1
ByMichael Nathanson

chapter 11|29 pages

Patronage and the political anthropology of ancient Palestine in the Bronze and Iron Ages

ByEmanuel Pfoh, Thomas L. Thompson

chapter 12|10 pages

“To be an Israelite and a Judean as I want you to be”

Material culture and ethnicity during the Iron Age
ByHani Nur El-Din

part 3|60 pages

Landscape, archaeology and memory in the interface between history and tradition

chapter 13|17 pages

Landscape and memory

Theoretical perspectives and the case of Lubya as lieu de memoire 1
ByBo Dahl Hermansen

chapter 14|14 pages

Community archaeology

Protection, preservation and promotion of archaeological heritage sites in Palestine
ByIman Saca

chapter 15|13 pages

Al-Nuweima mosque

An archaeological perspective on modern history
ByAndrew Petersen

chapter 16|16 pages

Archaeology as anthropology (bio-archaeology)

ByIssa Sarie

part 4|54 pages

Ideologies of the land

chapter 17|18 pages

Mapping Palestine

Biblical and rabbinical perspectives 1
ByPhilip R. Davies

chapter 18|9 pages

Land, people and empire

The Bible through Palestinian Christian eyes 1
ByMitri Raheb

chapter 19|15 pages

The invention of the homeland 1

ByShlomo Sand

chapter 20|12 pages

The history of Israel… but what is this Israel?

Drawing the conclusions from recent research into the history of ancient Palestine
ByNiels Peter Lemche