Historical Dictionary of Palestine

Ilan Pappé

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The goal of this book is to treat Palestine not as a state but as a country which in 1948 was divided to Israel, The West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. Palestinians live in all these areas and are also dwellers or refugee camps and exilic communities around the world. In our eyes they and the country as a whole are part of the history of Palestine and therefore are all included here. It is a book that regards Palestine in the period from 1800 until today as a geographical term which is still valid and relevant. Therefore, it covers different geo-political units and states that were established over the year in the country of Palestine: the late Ottoman provinces, the British Mandate, the State Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. Half of Palestine population live in exile – in refugee camp and diasporic communities. They also have a place of honor in this book. As the story of Zionism and Israel is intertwined with that of the Palestinians, several Zionist/Israeli persons, places and events are also included in this book.

Historical Dictionary of Palestine, Second Edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 800 cross-referenced entries on important personalities as well as aspects of the country’s politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Palestine.


Twenty-five years after the publication of the first edition of this volume, much has been updated in this new edition by new authors Pappé and Mansour. Like its predecessor and other volumes in this series, there is much useful content here, including reader's notes, acronyms and abbreviations, maps, a chronology, and a bibliography. The volume contains detailed entries on cities, political factions, and people, including Israelis, Jordanians, Egyptians, and others in addition to Palestinians. An excellent work and a good starting point for those seeking to explore this tumultuous topic. This book is recommended for general readers through faculty, and professionals. ― Choice Reviews


Ilan Pappe is the director of The European Center for Palestine Studies and a senior fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. He has published 20 books.

Johnnay Mansour is assoicate member of the Univeristy of Jordan center of archives and of Mada al-Karmil in Haifa. He was the founder and first editor of Madarpedia in Ramallah and before that of al-Kalima Magazine. He has published 29 books and has written many articles on Palestine’s culture, history and society.


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