Palestinians feature regularly in the news headlines, but their country is much less known. And yet, for hundreds of years the land of Palestine, covering the area that is now Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, was a complex society with a population that was over 90 percent Arab. In this humane and deeply compelling book about the people and the land, Sabbagh shows that Palestinians have existed for centuries, their roots in the melange of tribes, ethnic groups, and religions that have populated the region, and describes how, as a result of the interplay of global power politics in the twentieth century, the majority of the Palestinians were expelled to make way for the new Jewish state of Israel. A sympathetic portrait of the country's rich heritage as well as evidence of long-standing harmony between Palestine's Arabs (Muslim and Christian) and its small indigenous Jewish population, Palestine: History of a Lost Nation is both a transporting narrative and a meditation on a region that remains a flash point of conflict-a story of how past choices and actions reverberate to the present day.
About the Author:
Karl Sabbagh is a British writer, journalist, and television producer. The author of several books, including A Rum Affair, The Riemann Hypothesis, and Power into Art, he lives in England
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