Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I know that you are paying me (NOT) big bucks to maintain this site, o readers, enemies, and jerks but my jet lag and grumpy mood has prevented me from writing about books I have been reading. In breif. Al-Hakam An-Nu`aymi's book on the movement of Wadi` Haddad is a failure. It does not add to what we already know and it is based on already published materials. I prefer the account of Adnan Badr: which is a personal/witness account. Somebody in Beirut mysteriously sent me a booklet by Habib Ash-Shartuni: it was undergroundly published and has no place of publication or publisher. Of course, I carefully read and studied every word. If you know about Lebanese history, you would know who Ash-Shartuni is. I find it very curious that he refers to Solange Gemayyel as Solange Tutunji. I did not understand why. Thirdly, I am writing a review of Yitzhak Reiter's National Minority, Regional Majorty: Palestinian Arabs versus Jews in Israel (Syracuse University Press) for Choice. Th author has an original approach to the subject that has been studied before: he places the plight of Arabs in Israel in the regional context of the Arab-Israel conflict. Why does he do that? In order to rationalize and justify Israeli decades of persecution, discrimination, and brutal oppression. Back to the jet lag.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:22 AM