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The Palestine conflict has been at the core of the Arab-Israeli dispute for over half a century. There are numerous fine books on various aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the Palestinian issues have received extensive media coverage throughout the world. Yet misperceptions about the Palestinian people and their history abound in both popular and, to some extent, scholarly circles in the West. The editor, a Jerusalem-born Palestinian American, is the executive director of the American branch of the Institute for Palestine Studies and deputy director of the Journal of Palestine Studies. In this solid reference work, the editor and approximately 50 other scholars have put together extremely useful entries on all aspects of historical and contemporary issues affecting the Palestinian people. The topics covered include politics, culture, society, history, economics, and geography. Also included are significant events and biographies of important individuals whose lives have shaped the contours of modern Palestinian history. This encyclopedia will remain a definitive work on Palestine for years to come. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.--Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This revised edition has been updated and expanded to reflect rapidly changing diplomatic, political, and military events. The focus remains Palestinian history, politics, and society from the late Ottoman period to the present. Coverage of cultural and religious topics is less complete. New entries include the Camp David Summit of 2000, al-Aqsa Intifada, the barrier, Taba 2001, and the Geneva Accord. Biographical entries have been added and updated. The entry for Yasir Arafat now covers the period of his confinement and death, with a new assessment of his leadership. Most entries are followed by short bibliographies, revised to include recent publications. This edition retains a chronology, an annotated bibliography, and the text of 50 key documents. Photographs have been included to illustrate important people and places, and maps have been improved. An effort to use impartial terminology makes some topics difficult to locate. What Israelis call the "separation fence" and Palestinians call the "wall" is listed under "barrier." One expects to find the Second Intifada listed under Intifada, but instead is led to "AL-Aqsa Intifada." However, since the definite article "al" is not indexed, the entry is found under Aqsa Intifada. Despite these minor inconveniences, the articles are accessible to the general reader and detailed enough for the advanced student. This remains the most objective reference compendium to treat Palestinian history as a subject in its own right. Libraries holding the first edition should acquire the new one. Professionals working in Middle Eastern studies, nonprofit organizations, and consular officials will want this in their libraries. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Academic libraries serving undergraduate and graduate programs; professionals/practitioners. S. M. Estelle-Holmer Yale Divinity School
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Philip Mattar holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. He is Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and president of the Palestinian American Research Center. From 2001 to 2002 he was Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. A former director of the Institute for Palestine Studies, Mattar has been on the advisory committee of Human Rights Watch/Middle East since 1993. He has taught the history of Palestine and the Palestinians at Yale University and Georgetown University, and his articles on Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict have appeared in such publications as Foreign Policy and Middle East Journal.