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Encyclopedia of the Palestinians
Mattar, Philip, 1944-
Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [2000]

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xi, 514 pages : maps ; 29 cm.
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The scholarship and the balanced nature of a controversial, highly partisan issue are what make this volume important and useful to students of current events. The articles are clear and accessible, and discuss the political movements, arts, customs, and individuals that have made an impact on the

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Booklist Review

It has been five years since the well-received first edition of Encyclopedia of the Palestinians 0 was published. This edition has only expanded on the book's reputation as a well-rounded, necessary title for most public and academic libraries. The major addition to the revised version is the collection of 50 key documents in the modern history of Palestine. All major UN resolutions having to do with Palestine are included, as well as the World Zionist Congress Basle declaration of 1897, and the Palestine Liberation Organization's political programs. These documents give a solid grounding to articles that are often interpretive of the material documents contain. This section also serves to place the important primary materials together to facilitate easy research. The chronology has been updated through the election of Mahmud Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority in January 2005, providing an additional five years of events. About one-third of the book remains biographical articles, most of them less than a page, though the article on Yasir Arafat runs to 14 pages. Sixty-two contributors from the U.S., Palestine, Egypt, and Israel provide the material. Most are academics, though the list includes several government and legal experts. New articles include al-Aqsa Intifada,0 Oslo peace process0 , and the Bush-drafted plan called Roadmap0 . The contributors do not always agree with each other on data and interpretations of the data, according to editor Mattar. He believes that the inconsistencies show the widely varied opinions in the field of Palestinian studies and only encourage needed debate and further study. The extensive annotated bibliography has been updated and includes Web sites and articles, as well as books for further reference. Libraries wondering if this revision is worth the expenditure can be assured that the updates and the documents section make it a sound purchase. --Steve Stratton Copyright 2005 Booklist

Library Journal Review

The Palestine conflict has been at the core of the Arab-Israeli dispute for over half a century. There are numerous fine books on various aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the Palestinian issues have received extensive media coverage throughout the world. Yet misperceptions about the Palestinian people and their history abound in both popular and, to some extent, scholarly circles in the West. The editor, a Jerusalem-born Palestinian American, is the executive director of the American branch of the Institute for Palestine Studies and deputy director of the Journal of Palestine Studies. In this solid reference work, the editor and approximately 50 other scholars have put together extremely useful entries on all aspects of historical and contemporary issues affecting the Palestinian people. The topics covered include politics, culture, society, history, economics, and geography. Also included are significant events and biographies of important individuals whose lives have shaped the contours of modern Palestinian history. This encyclopedia will remain a definitive work on Palestine for years to come. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.--Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This revised edition has been updated and expanded to reflect rapidly changing diplomatic, political, and military events. The focus remains Palestinian history, politics, and society from the late Ottoman period to the present. Coverage of cultural and religious topics is less complete. New entries include the Camp David Summit of 2000, al-Aqsa Intifada, the barrier, Taba 2001, and the Geneva Accord. Biographical entries have been added and updated. The entry for Yasir Arafat now covers the period of his confinement and death, with a new assessment of his leadership. Most entries are followed by short bibliographies, revised to include recent publications. This edition retains a chronology, an annotated bibliography, and the text of 50 key documents. Photographs have been included to illustrate important people and places, and maps have been improved. An effort to use impartial terminology makes some topics difficult to locate. What Israelis call the "separation fence" and Palestinians call the "wall" is listed under "barrier." One expects to find the Second Intifada listed under Intifada, but instead is led to "AL-Aqsa Intifada." However, since the definite article "al" is not indexed, the entry is found under Aqsa Intifada. Despite these minor inconveniences, the articles are accessible to the general reader and detailed enough for the advanced student. This remains the most objective reference compendium to treat Palestinian history as a subject in its own right. Libraries holding the first edition should acquire the new one. Professionals working in Middle Eastern studies, nonprofit organizations, and consular officials will want this in their libraries. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Academic libraries serving undergraduate and graduate programs; professionals/practitioners. S. M. Estelle-Holmer Yale Divinity School



The Palestinian people and their region are continually in the news and at the forefront of international diplomacy. Yet much about their history remains obscure. The Encyclopedia of the Palestinians objectively details the historical and political factors behind such controversial topics as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Coverage concentrates primarily on the modern era--from the beginning of the late Ottoman period to the present. The ancient and medieval history of the region is also explored. Led by Philip Mattar, Ph.D. andexecutive director of the Institute for Palestinian Studies, a distinguished group of 50 scholars and regional experts has contributed more than 350 alphabetically arranged articles to create this book. These fully cross-referenced entries cover: • Politics: National Bloc Party, Palestinian National Charter, Palestinian National Council, Reform Party, United Nations and the Palestinians, Liberal Party, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine • Excerpted from Encyclopedia of the Palestinians All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.