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Figures Preface Introduction: Understanding the History of the Eastern Mediterranean Part One: Ancient Myths, Religions, and Cultures 1. 'Canaan Nails': Idealised Perceptions and Their Uses 2. Origins of Monotheistic Religions 3. Sacred Sites, Pagan Roots 4. Ugaritic Revelations: What an Ancient City Tells Us 5. Wheels of Fortune: The Alphabet Part Two: Modern Myths and (De)Colonised History 6. 'Last of the Phoenicians': Identity Questions 7. Appropriation: Zionist Cultural Takeover 8. Self-Colonisation: Its Symptoms and Outcomes 9. Cats of Jerusalem 10. Politics of Place Names 11. Epilogue: Retrieving the Ancient Subaltern Notes Index

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Basem L. Ra'ad is a Professor at Al-Quds University, Jerusalem. He is the author of Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean (Pluto, 2010). He has been an editor and community organiser, and taught in various countries, including Canada, Bahrain and Lebanon.


'Draws upon the latest research in archaeology, linguistics and history to expose how Palestine's past has been appropriated for orientalist and colonialist purposes.This is a brilliant tour-de-force of recovery, decolonisation, revision and inclusivity' -- Hilton Obenzinger
'Seeks to restore the history of the Eastern Mediterranean from an interested sociology of knowledge. Particularly moving is the discussion of Palestinian epistemological self-colonisation, a regrettable result of the appropriation of history' -- Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Professor of Humanities, Columbia University
'A courageous foray into one of the most fraught terrains of history. ... Those who seek to arrive at any understanding of one of the world's most misunderstood regions would do well to read [this] closely' -- Djelal Kadir, The Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University
'Right on the mark ... [He explains how scholars] have created a politically tendentious history of Palestine, which has effectively marginalised every alternative history, and which has supported an intensifying effort to displace modern Palestinians from their cultural roots' -- Thomas L. Thompson, Professor emeritus, University of Copenhagen

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