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Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora

September 29, 2016 at 6:25 pm

  • Book Author(s): Yasir Suleiman (editor)
  • Published Date: January 2016
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748634026

Being Palestinian is a compilation of short essays written by people from within the Palestinian diaspora. It contains personal stories of Palestinians from all walks of life talking about their experiences as Palestinians living abroad, their sense of belonging to a country that is not recognised and to a culture that is constantly dismissed or under threat.

The book begins with a forward written by Yasir Suleiman. In it he reflected upon his and his family’s struggles to hold onto an identity that they fear may be taken away from them as generations pass. He explains the concept of “Palestinian-ness” in a way that brings much nostalgia to Palestinians in the diaspora, but enough for non-Palestinians to also relate.

This book has been shortlisted for the Palestine Book awards 2016, please click here to read the full review on the Palestine book awards site.