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Navigating the Time of Arab Jerusalem: a perspective from within

Naamneh, Haneen (2021) Navigating the Time of Arab Jerusalem: a perspective from within. Journal of Palestine Studies, 50 (3). 52 - 55. ISSN 0377-919X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/0377919X.2021.1941682


For many Palestinians, the colonial denial of Palestinian self-determination in an independent nation-state has rendered futile the very notion of a future. But it is imperative to challenge the colonial logics that produce the native’s future as always already failed, unachievable, or impossible. This essay examines snippets of the life of Arab Jerusalem between the two major ruptures of 1948 and 1967 to deconstruct colonial and nationalist epistemologies of time and to challenge the persistently violent present and its domination of Palestinian pasts and futures. Using as its lens the memories and attachments of Jerusalemites who lived, worked, and struggled in the city, the essay examines the ways in which they thought of, imagined, produced, fulfilled, or were deprived of a future—in other words, how Jerusalemites shaped futurity. Such a nonlinear unfolding of time challenges dominant perceptions of the Nakba as constituting a clean break between past and present.

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Additional Information: © 2021 Institute for Palestine Studies.
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2022 15:24
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2022 09:00

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