Professor Rashid Khalidi (Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies) of Columbia University, New York delivered a special online lecture on the following topic:

“Land, Space and Memory: Indigenous Experiences from West Asia”

Date and Time: 27th January 2023 at 7:00 P.M. 

Venue: AB 1/101

Brief Abstract: 

The Palestinians have spent the last century in denial: denial of statehood, denial of history, and denial of their very existence. In this landmark history, Rashid Khalidi draws on his family’s and others’ experiences and archives to reclaim any people’s fundamental right: to narrate their history on their own terms. Beginning in the final days of the Ottoman Empire, Khalidi demonstrates how Palestinians’ nascent nationalism was confronted by a project to take over their homeland, which early Zionists openly admitted was a colonial one. This was the start of a multi-stage war against the Palestinians, backed by the world’s major powers. Khalidi interweaves the voices of journalists, poets, and resistance leaders with his own memories as a witness to events, including the 1982 siege of Beirut. His analysis of Palestinian resistance to colonisation exposes the decisions that secured victories as well as the mistakes that contributed to defeats.

About the Author: 

Rashid Khalidi is Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, New York. He is the author of eight books, including The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler-Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017 (2020), Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (rev. ed. 2010), Brokers of Deceit (2013), The Iron Cage (2006) and Resurrecting Empire (2004), among others. He has co-edited three others and has published over 100 academic articles. He has written op-eds in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Guardian and many other newspapers as well as journals, and has appeared widely on TV and radio in the US and abroad. Some of his articles for The Nation can be accessed here and for The Guardian here.

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