The Palestinian City: Issues in Urban Transformations
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Edited by
Majdi al-Maliki
Salim Tamari
Copyedited by
Nermin Abbas
مؤسسة الدراسات الفلسطينية
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The articles in this book examine a number of issues related to the transformations undergone by Palestinian cities from the late-nineteenth century until the present. What brings them together is their emphasis on the importance of historical and political factors, specifically the role of Israeli colonialism, in disfiguring Palestinian cities and stunting their historical growth. They analyze the Judaization of those cities in the areas occupied in 1948, including Jerusalem, through systematic policies aimed to transform the Palestinian city inside the 1948 areas into a ghetto (as well as those in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, occupied since 1967).

All of these articles examine several important questions related to the historical evolution of Palestinian cities: the reconfiguration of their urban space; the transformations that impacted these cities’ morphological and demographic composition; the effect of globalization and neoliberal policies on the formation of new class structures; the social impact of the accelerating urbanization and urban expansion witnessed by these cities post-Oslo accords on the components that make up their social structure; the cities’ relationship to their rural surroundings; the mechanisms through which urban resistance movements materialize in them and the role of these movements in strengthening an overall sense of national and cultural identity; and the circulation and intertwining of cultural and political activity from one city to another (for example, from Haifa and Jaffa to Nazareth and Ramallah).


Majdi al-Malki is Associate Professor of Sociology at Birzeit University and a researcher at the Institute for Palestine Studies.

Salim Tamari is Professor of Sociology at Birzeit University and a researcher at the Institute for Palestine Studies. He is editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Quarterly journal.

Khalid Ziyadeh is the Beirut branch Director of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. He was a University Professor at the Lebanese University’s Institute for Social Sciences and served as Lebanon’s ambassador to Egypt and Permanent Delegate to the Arab League.

Rassem Khamaisi is a geographer and urban planner. He is Professor of Urban Planning in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies in Haifa University and Chairman of the Kufr Kanna Center for Planning and Research.

Adel Manna is a historian specializing in Palestinian history during the Ottoman era and in the history of the Palestinians in the twentieth century.

Ahmad Amara is a lawyer and advocate in international law. He received his Ph.D. in History and Israeli Studies from New York University. He is a lecturer at NYU-Tel Aviv and a postdoctoral research fellow at Ben-Gurion University.

Himmat Zoubi is a researcher and feminist activist. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Ben-Gurion University and also holds academic degrees in Criminology and Gender Studies.

Lisa Taraki is professor of Sociology and director of the Ph.D. program in Social Sciences at Birzeit University. Her research interests center on the politics of space and the social history of Palestinian cities.

Jad Tabet is an architect and urban planner. He was elected president of the Lebanese Federation of Engineers and President of the Organization of Arab Architects. He is a graduate of the American University of Beirut, and has represented Lebanon on the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

Abdelhafez Abu Sirrieh is a playwright and academic who researches the architecture of Jerusalem and Hebron. He has taught urban design and architectural theory and criticism part-time at the Palestine Polytechnic University in Hebron since 2004.

Jack Persekian is the founder and director of al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art and one of the founders of Gallery Anadiel in Jerusalem. He previously worked as director and head curator of the Palestinian Museum and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, as well as directing several exhibitions, including the Qalandiya International and “Outside the Gates of Heaven.”

Khaldun Bshara is an architect, conservationist, and anthropologist. He holds an MA in Conservation of Historic Towns and Buildings from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California-Irvine in the USA.

Salim Abuthaher is an academic and a researcher. He is the manager of the Palestinian Museum’s Digital Archive Project. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in engineering from Birzeit University and a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the same university. His research focuses on modern social history and urban political economy.

Francesco Amoruso is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Sciences at the University of Exeter in the UK. His research interests are in the field of class formation in the context of settler-colonialism.

Jaweda Mansour holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and an MA in Heritage Management from the University of Kent in Britain. She works as a consultant in the fields of development and engineering.

Itxaso Dominguez de Olazábal is the Middle East and Maghreb coordinator for Fundacion Alternativas. She is a member of the International Mediterranean Studies Workshop (TEIM) at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.

Nisreen Mazzawi is an anthropologist who researches the environment and the economy. She holds an MA in Natural Resource and Environmental Management as well as in Cultural Anthropology. Her research focuses on settler-colonialism in Palestine and cultural changes connected to urban ecology in Nazareth.

Ahmad Heneiti holds an MA in Sociology from Birzeit University, where he works as a researcher at the Institute of Community and Public Health.

Shiraz Nasr holds a Master’s degree in Spatial Analysis from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. She specializes in the use of quantitative research methods and geographical information systems (GIS).

Weeam Hammoudeh holds a Ph.D. in Demographic Change and Global Development from Brown University in the USA. Currently she is an Assistant Professor and researcher at the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University.

Basil Rayan holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences at Birzeit University. He earned an MA in Sociology from the same university, where he is a part-time lecturer.