Not Just a Soccer Game: Colonialism and Conflict Among Palestinians in Israel

    • Title: Not Just a Soccer Game: Colonialism and Conflict Among Palestinians in Israel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Magid Shihade (Author)
    • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0815632568
    • ISBN-13: 978-0815632566
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 224
    • Size / Format: 1,2 mb / pdf
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Description:  On April 11, 1981, two neighboring Palestinian Arab towns competed in a soccer match. Kafr Yassif had a predominantly Christian population, and Julis was a predominantly Druze town. When a fight broke out between fans, the violence quickly escalated, leaving a teenager from each town dead. In the days that followed the game, a group from Julis retaliated with attacks on the residents of Kafr Yassif. Shihade experienced that soccer match and the ensuing violence firsthand, leaving him plagued by questions about why the Israeli authorities did not do more to stop the violence and what led to the conflict between these two neighboring Arab towns.

Drawing on interviews, council archives, and media reports, Shihade explores the incident and subsequent attack on Kafr Yassif in the context of prevailing theories of ethnic and communal conflict. He also discusses the policies of the Israeli state toward its Arab citizens. Countering Orientalist emphases on Arab and Islamic cultures as inherently unruly and sectarian, Shihade challenges existing theories of communal violence, highlighting the significance of colonialism’s legacy, modernity, and state structures. In addition, he breaks new ground by documenting and analyzing the use of a traditional Arab conflict resolution method, sulha, which has received little sustained attention from scholars in the West.

Shihade opens the toolkits of anthropology, history, political science, and studies of ethnic and communal conflict with the goals of exposing the impact of state policies on minority groups and encouraging humane remedial principles regarding states and society.

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Militant Women of a Fragile Nation

    • Title: Militant Women of a Fragile Nation
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Malek Abisaab (Author)
    • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0815632126
    • ISBN-13: 978-0815632122
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 335
    • Size / Format: 2,8 mb / pdf
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Description: In Militant Women of a Fragile Nation, Malek Abisaab takes a gendered approach to labor conflicts, anticolonial struggles, and citizenship in modern Lebanon. The author traces the conditions and experiences of women workers at the French Tobacco Monopoly. Challenging the prevailing assumptions about culturally inscribed roles for Middle Eastern women, the book highlights traditions of public activism and militancy among rural women that are in turn adapted to the spaces of the factory. Women employed distinct strategies involving kinship, sectarian, gender, and class ties to enhance their work conditions and social benefits. Drawing on extensive ethnographic data, the author convincingly argues that the condition of women can only be explained by exploring the shifting relationship between culture, societal arrangements, and economic settings. Abisaab’s richly detailed work illuminates the impact of class and gender in the transformation of modern Lebanon.

Loom: A Novel

    • Title: Loom: A Novel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Thérèse Soukar Chehade (Author)
    • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 0815609825
    • ISBN-13: 978-0815609827
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 168
    • Size / Format: 1,1 mb / pdf
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Description: As a blizzard blankets the northeast United States, burying residents and shutting down airports, the Farrah family eagerly awaits the arrival of Eva, a cousin visiting from Lebanon after a long separation from the family. Over the course of several days, while Eva is stranded in New York City, Chehade s nuanced story unfolds in the reminiscences and anxieties of each family member.

Emilie, the matriarch of this Lebanese American family, lives in a world of voluntary silence. Barely able to read and write in English and refusing to speak for the last several years, she immerses herself in her garden and leaves elaborately cooked meals anonymously for her solitary neighbor. Emilie s oldest daughter Josephine, middle aged and still living with her mother and married brother, struggles to regain the independence and confidence she had as a young girl in Lebanon. Young Marie, stifled by her conservative family, is determined to study at Berkeley and to leave behind her immigrant identity. All three are drawn to their mysterious neighbor, nicknamed Loom, whose loneliness and isolation mirror their own and kindle within each woman a desire to make a connection. When Emilie takes off during the blizzard in the direction of Loom s house and the rest of the family follows in her pursuit, their act is both an escape and a reaching out. Beautifully written and teeming with vivid portraits, Chehade s novel is both heartfelt and wise.

Islam, Arabs, and the Intelligent World of the Jinn

    • Title: Islam, Arabs, and the Intelligent World of the Jinn
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Amira El-Zein (Author)
    • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0815632002
    • ISBN-13: 978-0815632009
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 215
    • Size / Format: 1,5 mb / pdf
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Description: Beliefs regarding the jinn are deeply integrated into Muslim culture, and have a constant presence in legends, myths, poetry, and literature. In this work, Amira El-Zein examines the fields of law, theology, and folklore, and clearly places the status of the jinn in the metaphysical and cosmological economy of Islam.

Bread Alone

    • Title: Bread Alone
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Kim Jensen (Author)
    • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0815609450
    • ISBN-13: 978-0815609452
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 116
    • Size / Format: 0,5 mb / pdf
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Description: “This powerful work reproduces the shock of the life that millions of people lead in silence, in darkness. These poems can wake up a rock.” – Etel Adnan, author of Sitt Marie Rose

“Kim Jensen’s poems are searing and spare. They will haunt you and stretch your vision. You won’t be the same person after reading them that you were before.”–Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Habibi and Going, Going

“In a time of news about war we can only reflect the devastation of others. What comes in can’t come out. True resistance seems muted, dissolved. Here we arrive at just such a landscape, but perhaps because it is a woman’s terrain, we are at least given bread.”–Fanny Howe, winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for Life Achievement

“Throughout Bread Alone, Jensen trusts verbal economy, and the concise force of her pieces–most are but a page long–lends them a stealth force…that sear themselves into the brain as indelible imagery.”–Bret McCabe, Arts Editor, Baltimore City Paper

Kim Jensen (www.kimjensen.org) is a writer who has lived in France, California, and the Middle East. Her first novel about a turbulent affair between a Palestinian exile and an American student, The Woman I Left Behind, was published in 2006 by Curbstone Press, and was a finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. Her first book of poems, Bread Alone, was published this year (2009) by Syracuse University Press. In 2001, Kim won the Raymond Carver Prize for Short Fiction, and her writings have appeared in the following anthologies and journals: Come Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog Press); Hunger and Thirst (San Diego City Works Press); Poetic Voices without Borders 2 (Gival Press); Blood Lotus; Ezra Journal of Translation; Liberation Literature; Rain Taxi Review; Left Curve; Boston Book Review, and many others. Kim currently lives in Maryland where she serves on the editorial board of the Baltimore Review and is associate professor of English at the Community College of Baltimore County. She lives with her husband, Palestinian artist Zahi Khamis (www.zahiart.com), and their two children.