From Palestine and (Maybe) Back: Migration and Palestinians' Rights

The history of Palestinian migration prior to 1948 represents one of the fields in Palestinian studies that has witnessed significant expansion in very recent years. Nadim Bawalsa’s Transnational Palestine: Migration and the Right of Return before 1948 constitutes an outstanding advancement in the historiography of Palestinian mobilities and diaspora studies. Bawalsa uses a prism of sources gathered from state and private archives and libraries from Mexico to Chile, and from England to Palestine and Israel. Through his analysis of the strategies and forms of claims of citizenship in the interwar world, the author offers a groundbreaking historical appraisal of Palestinian immigration to Latin America.

Author biography: 

Maria Chiara Rioli is Tenure-Track Assistant Professor at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and Co-PI of the ITHACA – Interconnecting Histories and Archives for Migrant Agency project. She is the author of A Liminal Church: Refugees, Conversions, and the Latin Diocese of Jerusalem, 1946–1956 (Brill, 2020).