This foundational text now features a new introduction by Rashid Khalidi reflecting on the significance of his work over the past decade and its relationship to the struggle for Palestinian nationhood. Khalidi also casts an eye to the future, noting the strength of Palestinian identity and social solidarity yet wondering whether current trends will lead to Palestinian statehood and independence.
Rashid Khalidi is Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. He is also the author ofUnder Siege: P. L.O. Decisionmaking During the 1982 War, The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood, andSowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East, and coeditor ofThe Origins of Arab Nationalism.