- Tapa blanda: 320 páginas
- Editor: Vintage Books; Edición: Vintage Books ed. (1 de abril de 1992)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0679739882
- ISBN-13: 978-0679739883
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The Question of Palestine (Inglés) Tapa blanda – abr 1992
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"A compelling call for identity and justice." --Anthony Lewis"Books such as Mr. Said's need to be written and read in the hope that understanding will provide a better chance of survival." --The New York Times Book Review
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This original and deeply provocative book was the first to make Palestine the subject of a serious debate--one that remains as critical as ever. With the rigorous scholarship he brought to his influential Orientalism and an exile's passion (he is Palestinian by birth), Edward W. Said traces the fatal collision between two peoples in the Middle East and its repercussions in the lives of both the occupier and the occupied--as well as in the conscience of the West. He has updated this landmark work to portray the changed status of Palestine and its people in light of such developments as the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the intifada, the Gulf War, and the ongoing MIddle East peace initiative. For anyone interested in this region and its future, The Question of Palestine remains the most useful and authoritative account available.Ver Descripción del producto
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If you think it of value:
1.to analyze the "western culture" psyche regarding "eastern culture".
2.Understand the impact of Zionism on the native population
3.know the goals of Zionism
read this book.
In several places the author states that something is obvious or clear without and need not be elaborated. For an obtuse fellow like me, this was not helpful. End note 34 of final chapter missing.
End of review.
I believe historically, many populations may have been displaced. The American native as example. The Palestine case seems to be an anomaly regarding all the attention. In America, we have eminent domain by which people are displaced for the "benefit" of the whole. Regarding culture inferiority: the author argues that the 'west' sees the 'east' as inferior. In a strange way he seemed to validate the view that the east is inferior. That is from a power position. It seemed the natives did not know who they were and over time developed the "Palestinian" idea of themselves. From there the idea of self determination took shape. This metamorphosis gave them a greater power to resist Zionist.
If you are looking for a balanced book on this subject that is an easy read, I recommend "Contested Land, Contested Memory" by Roberts. If you are looking for a very thorough history lesson on this subject, I recommend "Righteous Victims" by Morris. Note: The Morris book is a royal rain to read. It's very long with lots of details. The Morris book is mostly balanced (more than Said's book), but not completely. (The author is a Jewish Israeli.)
Said's book opened me to consider different perspectives and ways of looking at the issues related to Israel and Palestine. I am sympathetic to Israel and see it important that the Jewish people have a homeland, especially in light of twentieth century history of oppression of the Jews and the Holocaust. In that homeland, Israel has been (at least until recently) an example of a state living according to a democratic and "liberal" western worldview in an area of the world where this is generally not the case with other governments. Thus I intuitively support the existence of Israel and found Said's reflection very painful to read and consider.
This book, however, helped me to see the issues involving Palestine and Israel from additional perspectives, and to consider the rights of the Arab inhabitants. I am left wondering if there can ever be a solution to the question of Palestine without some serious rethinking of the issues by Israelis, other western nations, and by Palestinians and other Arabs. While this book does not answer that question (especially since much has happened since the revised edition was published in 1992), it does raise important issues which must be part of the discussion and, hopefully, solution.
Why would I read a book whose latest edition was published in 1992 (and whose author died in 2002)? A bookseller specializing in books on Palestine and the Middle East recommended it saying it is a classic still worth reading.