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The Art of MinoritiesCultural Representation in Museums of the Middle East and North Africa$
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Virginie Rey

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474443760

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474443760.001.0001

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A National Museum for a People Without a Land: The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit

A National Museum for a People Without a Land: The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit

(p.151) 8 A National Museum for a People Without a Land: The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit
The Art of Minorities

Zoe Holman

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the development of the recently-founded museum at Birzeit, the West Bank, by documenting the political, ideological, material and cultural challenges associated with the project of curating a narrative of Palestinian history. Drawing on original interviews with the museum’s founders and managers alongside settler colonial theory, it contextualises the struggle to preserve Palestinian heritage and culture in the face of continuing displacement and Israeli occupation. It considers the museum’s architecture as well as a number of its exhibits and physical and virtual projects to analyse the success with which the project offers an inclusive, nuanced and dynamic archive of Palestinian national history.

Keywords:   Palestine, Palestinian diaspora, Israeli occupation, Zionism, national history, museum, 1948, settler-colonialism, Birzeit, West Bank, heritage, UNESCO, Hebron, archive, curation, dispossession

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