The History of the Palestinians and their National Movement
Chief Author
Maher al-Charif
Associate Author
Issam Nassar
Institute for Palestine Studies
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Our book aspires to be utilized as a scholastic book dedicated for study at a university level. The book builds upon previous studies and provides a critical look at them and is not intended as a research book based on primary resources. The book’s distinctive feature lies in that its research field covers our present era. In preparing the book, we sought utmost objectivity. Our main interest was to put the Palestinian people, along with the various political, social and economic aspects of its life, at the center of our historical narrative. Our success demanded that we include also the Palestinian national movement and its struggle against Zionism and colonialism. Consequently, if the socio- economic approach held the upper hand in discussing the Ottoman’s era, it was the political approach that prevailed while tackling the history of Palestine since the early beginnings of the British Occupation up to our present time. This was especially true after the absence of the socio- economic formation of Palestine under the Mandate, because of Nakba, which led to the dispersion of the Palestinian people between its homeland and the Diasporas, and its breakup into diverse gatherings.


Maher Charif is head of the research unit at the Institute for Palestine Studies in Beirut, and an associate researcher at the French Institute for the Near East (IFPO) in Beirut. He has published several books, including: “The Economic and Social History of Palestine” (1985); “A Search for an Entity: A Study in Palestinian Political Thought, 1908-1993" (1995); “Palestine in the Secret Archives of the Comintern” (2004); “Palestine in Arab Historical Writing” (2016); “History of the Palestinians and their National Movement” (with Issam Nassar, 2018).

Issam Nassar is Assistant Professor of Middle East History at Illinois State University. He previously was on faculty at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem and was the associate director of the Institute for Jerusalem Studies. He is also associate editor of Jerusalem Quarterly.