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The Question of Palestine

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  880 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Still a basic and indespensible account of the Palestinian question, updated to include the most recent developments in the Middle East- from the intifada to the Gulf war to the historic peace conference in Madrid.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 7th 1992 by Vintage (first published 1979)
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Aug 28, 2007 Paolo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Shelves: culturalstudies
The only question we should be asking about Palestine, really, is when we're gonna give it back to the Palestinians. It's a damn shame for all of us New Yorkers to share the historical burden of accomodating the location (what is now the Queens Museum) of the signing of the country's partition, which continues to result in the dislocation of its native sons and daughters from a land that is rightfully their own.
Aug 29, 2012 Josepha rated it really liked it
Edward W. Said tries to answer the question of Palestine in this book in the context of colonialism and orientalism. What is wonderful is how Said argues in favor of a two-state settlement to promote peace and neighborly understanding and common interest. The book exposes the facade of the Camp David peace accords of 1978 and the disastrous influences of the Arab states and the US on the peace process and the realization of a palestinian state.
The constant reminding of the islamic revolution in
Dec 05, 2008 K rated it it was amazing
WOW WOW WOW. This covers so much about the Palestinian perspective in a balanced way. It changed the way I think about antisemitism (because Palestinians are Semites too). A fair and inspiring book. Give peace a chance!
Sep 26, 2014 William rated it really liked it
An excellent look at the Palestinian question by a scholar well-equipped to discuss the Palestinians on their own terms. The book is rather dated now, but remains critical to understanding how the Palestinians view themselves and how to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the Palestinian perspective.
Nazmul Hasan
Jul 15, 2014 Nazmul Hasan rated it really liked it
A poignant plea for peace. This book represents Edward Said's vision and scholarship.

Reading it in 2014, there are obvious gaps in understanding and the level of knowledge regarding the conflict Said expects from the reader is quite high. This is the reason I've given it a 4 star.

Kowther Qashou
Jul 20, 2013 Kowther Qashou rated it it was amazing
This is a really critical read on Palestine, and it does a great job at engaging the reader in critical thinking, especially given that Said takes a more theoretical approach in his analysis, rather than a practical one. That said, it made me realise a whole lot of things. There were a few things I disagreed with Said on, but needless to say, this is a wholly important text on Palestine. It also critically engages with Zionism, particularly the beginning of the movement, which not many texts on ...more
Saleem Khashan
Dec 08, 2009 Saleem Khashan rated it really liked it
I love Edward he is difficlut to read though, Viva Palestine, keep lyingwe will continue believing let us see who will last longer.
Dec 20, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: palestine
Still one of the best books on this crisis. This and Gun and the Olive Branch, and you're probably set.
May 23, 2011 Joel rated it liked it
"The most noticeable result of these international effects was, of course, the transformation of a liberation movement into a national independence movement, already implicit in the 1974 PNC notion of a state and national authority. But were other important changes, such as acceptance of United nations Resolutions 242 and 338 (unnecessarily stigmatized as evil incarnate by Palestinian orators for almost a generation), a period of realignment with Egypt after Camp David, and the acceptance of the ...more
Aalaa Mahmoud
Feb 01, 2016 Aalaa Mahmoud rated it really liked it
I have a story with this book, I got it from a blind date with a book at college, I was thinking about returning it back, however, just its old looking and its smell what attracted me.
I can say the book is fascinating, not as I thought at all. Edward's view of the facts deserves respect actually.
He tries to illustrate the story of Palestine from the Palestinians point of view. The book tells how Palestine existed,how it was only for Palestinians and how Israeli immigrants took the land. Then it
Mar 15, 2015 Sameer rated it really liked it
It is always nice reading the story from the perspective of other people. In this book Edward Said sheds a light on the story of Palestine and the people of Palestine from the view of its people; him being one of them. He tells how Palestine existed, how the Palestinian land was indeed inhabited by Palestinians before Israeli immigrants started to show up and take the land. He then proceeds to discuss the status of Palestinian refugees spread across the globe and their search of identity and dre ...more
Arthur Kyriazis
Apr 11, 2014 Arthur Kyriazis rated it it was amazing
Edward so you book is a classic in the field but saying it is biased and clearly has a bone to pick in the fight he is pro-Arab pro-Palestinian and is notably anti-Zionist if you keep all these points in mind and Prof Said's viewpoint is very informative and so long as you understand his point of view this is an informative book.

In point of fact this book is the touchstone for the Palestinian argument for statehood. Unless you read it you will not understand the Palestinian argument.

With these
Prithvi Shams
Jul 21, 2014 Prithvi Shams rated it it was amazing
A sober, yet impassioned account of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Distinctive in it's exploration of the effect that the Israeli occupation has had on the Palestinian consciousness and sense of identity. This marks it out from most geopolitical accounts and analysis, which may not often resonate with readers who do not have a personal stake in the affairs of the region.

This book is a recommended starting point for anyone who wants to avoid frothing rhetoric and is interested in a balanced mix

No lo recomendaría como libro introductorio para gente que no tenga ni idea sobre el tema, pero si se conoce la historia del conflicto árabe-israelí es un muy buen ensayo sobre qué significa ser palestino y sobre los caminos que puede tomar el conflicto. Desgraciadamente, pese a estar escrito a finales de los 70 sigue siendo de plena actualidad.
Feb 08, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing
I haven't read it for a while, but my recollection is that it applies a perspective and context to the problem that makes it hard to persist in the anti-arab bias so prevalent in most mainstream conversations and dialouges on the subject.
urghh, i really want to read this book, but my brain just will not let me. i read pages and go back and read them over and still have no idea what i read. i just can't handle historical nonfiction, i guess.
Jan 19, 2008 Steven rated it really liked it
Remarkably not bitter. The book is not necessarily the first book to read about the issue - it deals with historical situations, wars, agreements, etc. without explaining them.

But it also puts the issue into a Palestinian perspective in a way that is clear and logical.
Dec 06, 2012 Alex rated it it was amazing

This book is pretty outdated as it was written right around camp David and has an 'updated' epilogue from around the Madrid conference time but. Even 40 years later Said continues to make some great points which more people need to listen to.
Jun 04, 2015 Christianne rated it really liked it
Extremely well written - insightful, funny, thought provoking, human, warm, cutting - all in the right places. However, it is a somewhat difficult entry point to the discussion on this conflict, due to Said's assumed knowledge. Highly recommend to everyone
Jul 12, 2008 Valarie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to keep an open mind about the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Shelves: past-reads
I read an earlier edition (not listed on goodreads) for my Sociology of Prejudice and Discrimination class at JMU. I remember never being able to put it down (which can't be said for most assigned reading) and it started me upon the path of trying to read everything Said wrote.
Yonis Gure
Jan 22, 2014 Yonis Gure rated it really liked it
David Hirst's "The Gun and The Olive Branch" is probably the better book to read if one is seeking a much more analytical elucidation of the Palestinian Question. Now on to Said's Peace Process trilogy!
Alena Martí
Aug 05, 2014 Alena Martí rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy interesante aunque es una re-edición. Queda algo desfasado después de los acontecimientos posteriores a su redacción.
Vale la pena por el enfoque que hace del problema palestino.
Jun 02, 2014 Nosa rated it really liked it
a must read book ..
"read in the hope that understanding will provide a better chance of survival." this quote was written on the cover of the book from the NY Times.
Mar 25, 2007 Sawsan rated it it was amazing
great resource... traces the collision between the Palestinians and the Jews and examines the question (i.e. future) of Palestine
Feb 02, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Excellent, user friendly book. This book offers a historical explanation of events with regards to the occupation of Palestine.
Hamzah Taha
Feb 28, 2014 Hamzah Taha rated it really liked it
A powerful introduction to the Palestinian struggle up until 1979. Surely an important read for anybody who has an interest in the cause.
Feb 08, 2008 Carol rated it it was ok
Only in the beginning of this book, so not really fair to review it, but so far it seems remarkably biased....maybe it gets a little more balanced later on.
Thought provoking and a great foundation for understanding one of the most complex situations in the world.
Apr 15, 2007 Sadaf rated it really liked it
a little dated now, but this is still a good read for anyone interested in the palestinian/israeli issue.
Muriel rated it it was amazing
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(Arabic profile: إدوارد سعيد)

Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem and raised in Egypt until his parents sent him to the United States in 1951.

Said graduated from Princeton University in 1957 and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1964.

He was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York and held his chair until his death at 67. His major interests
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