SOAS Palestine Studies Book Series with I.B. Tauris
The SOAS Palestine Studies Series is edited by the Centre for Palestine Studies and published by I.B. Tauris, the well-known London-based publishing house specialising in Middle East Studies. The aim is to publish three to five books per year. Manuscripts will be peerreviewed and selected for publication by the Centre and under its editorial responsibility. Selected authors will get a contract with details on copy-editing and royalties from I.B. Tauris.
The Series is open to submissions by academics at various levels of their career, from writings by recognised scholars to monographs derived from PhD theses adapted for publication. Submissions from all countries and from various disciplines are welcome as long as they fall plainly within the category of Palestine Studies. Only manuscripts at an advanced stage of writing and post-examination theses provided along with the examiners’ reports will be considered.
Submissions should be sent in electronic format to Louise Hosking at the LMEI (LH2@soas.ac.uk). For enquiries, you may also contact her on +44-20 7898 4330.
The first book in the series, Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territory by Toufic Haddad, was published in summer 2016. Haddad explores how neoliberal frameworks have shaped and informed the common understandings of international, Israeli and Palestinian interactions throughout the Oslo peace process. Drawing upon more than 20 years of policy literature, field-based interviews and recently declassified or leaked documents, he details how these frameworks have led to struggles over influencing Palestinian political and economic behaviour, and attempts to mould the class character of Palestinian society and its leadership. A dystopian vision of Palestine emerges as the by-product of this complex asymmetrical interaction, where nationalism, neo-colonialism and `disaster capitalism' both intersect and diverge.
Politics and Palestinian Literature in Exile: Gender, Aesthetics and Resistance in the Short Story by Joseph Farag, the second book in the Series, was published in autumn 2016 and is the first English language study to explore this unique genre, the Palestinian short story, which stands out for its unique interplay between literary texts and the political and historical contexts from which they emerge. Farag employs an interdisciplinary approach to examine the political function of literary texts and the manner in which cultural production responds to crucial moments in Palestinian history. Drawing from the works of Samira Azzam, Ghassan Kanafani and Ibrahim Nasrallah, Farag traces developments in the short story as they relate to the pivotal events of what the Palestinians call the Nakba ('catastrophe'), Naksa ('defeat') and First Intifada ('uprising'). In analysing several as yet un-translated works, Farag makes an original contribution to the subject of exilic identity and subjectivity in Palestinian literature.
In Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Power, Resistance and the Struggle for Space, the third book in the series, Sharri Plonski looks at Palestinian communities living inside the Jewish state and their attempts to disrupt and reshape the physical and abstract boundaries that contain them. Through extensive fieldwork and numerous interviews, Plonski conducts a comparative analysis of resistance movements anchored in three key sites of the Palestinian experience: the defence of housing rights in Jaffa; the protest against settlement in the Galilee region; and the campaign for Bedouin land rights in the Naqab desert. Her research investigates the dialectical relationship between power and resistance as it relates to socio-spatial segregation and the struggle for national recognition. Plonski's examination of Palestinian activism and transgression offers valuable insight into the structures and reaches of power from within the Israeli state.
After more than half a century, the Israel-Palestine conflict continues to dominate headlines. But how has the coverage of Palestinians by foreign media changed? How did foreign correspondents influence the perception of Palestine amongst their audiences? And why is understanding this so important? Based on extensive original research in the archives of Australia's oldest newspaper, Peter Manning shows how the Sydney Morning Herald portrayed Palestine during three key periods - the end of World War I (1917-8); the Nakba and the creation of Israel (1947-8); and 9/11 and its aftermath (2000-2). In the process, he takes the reader on a unique journey from the moment information was gathered on the ground in Palestine, through to its final processing and publication.