By M. Litvak
This publication analyzes the evolution and cultivation of recent Palestinian collective reminiscence and its position in shaping Palestinian nationwide id from its inception within the Nineteen Twenties to the 2006 Palestinian elections.
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80 Several writers attribute the lack of historical narrative to the state of exile, in which all events are accidental and temporary. The problematic historical sequence is manifested in the Palestinian tendency to ignore the present and exchange it with the past, and a fixation with history, manifested along three axes: memory of a lost paradise, mourning of the present, and description of the forthcoming return. In this sense, the Palestinian history is no different from other histories of exile and displacement, in which life is experienced through nostalgia for the past, through the disassociation of the historical native landscape from the nation, and through the utopia of a homeland unaffected by the present.
264–65. 30. Muslih, Origins of Palestinian Nationalism, p. 181; Khalidi, Palestinian Identity, pp. 162–67. 31. For the creation of Transjordan and the evolution of Jordanian identity, see Muhammad Ahamd Sulayman Muhafaza, Imarat Sharq al-Urdun: nash’atuha wa-tatawwuruha fi rub‘ qarn, 1921–1946 (Amman: Dar al-Furqan, 1990); Joseph A. Massad, Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001); Linda L. Layne, Home and Homeland: The Dialogics of Tribal and National Identities in Jordan (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994).
The Formation of Palestinian Collective Identities: The Ottoman and Mandatory Periods,” Middle Eastern Studies 36, no. 2 (April 2000): 48–81. On the politics and institutional weaknesses of the Palestinian national movement under the British Mandate, see Yehoshua Porath, The Palestinian National Movement: From Riots to Rebellion, 1929–1939 (London: Frank Cass, 1977); Issa Khalaf, Politics in Palestine: Arab Factionalism and Social Disintegration, 1939–1948 (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991).