The Nakba: The Nakba of Jerusalem and the Lost Paradise, 1947-1949 (three volumes)


This book, even though more than five decades have passed since its publication, remains one of the most seminal and credible Arab references, and the most important Palestinian reference on the 1948 Nakba. His author has witnessed the Nakba first-hand and recorded the developments on a daily basis. He accurately recorded an unmatched number of accounts he heard from Arab and Palestinian officials, activists and ordinary citizens he was keen on interviewing in Palestine and Arab capitals to inquire about the truth.

The book is divided into three volumes: "From the partition decision on 29/11/1947 to the beginning of the first truce on 11/6/1948", "From the beginning of the first truce on 11/6/1948 to the permanent truce agreements between the Arab states and Israel, February-July 1949" and "Annexes and the martyrs' record".

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About the Author(s)

Aref EL AREF was born in Jerusalem in 1892, and completed his secondary and university education in Istanbul. He joined the Ottoman army at the outbreak of the First World War, and spent three years in captivity in Tsarist Russia. After his return to his homeland, he was nominated District Officer in the civil mandatory authority in several Palestinian cities. He witnessed the Nakba moving between Ramallah an Jerusalem, and served as mayor of East Jerusalem from 1951 to 1955. He authored many books on the history of Jerusalem, Gaza and Beersheba. He died in Ramallah in 1973.

Introduction by:Walid Khalidi

Born in Jerusalem, Walid Khalidi was educated at the University of London and Oxford University.  He taught at Oxford, the American University of Beirut, and Harvard.  Khalidi is a cofounder of the Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS, Beirut), of which he was general secretary until recently.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a cofounder of the Royal Scientific Society, Amman.  He currently serves as President of the Institute for Palestine Studies (IPSUS, Washington, DC).


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978-9953-453-46-0 (v.1)
Third (First, Sidun 1956-1961; Second 2012)
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