"With this book, we can 'unlearn' much of what we have been given to know about this land"
—Thomas L. Thompson, University of Copenhagen
"A thoughtful, engaging and original book, it is perhaps the first corrective history of Palestine, its people, its region, and its culture."
—Naseer Aruri, Chancellor Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
"This is a study in deep time, wide space.... An anthropology of the present"
—Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University
"Hidden Histories is a brilliant tour de force of recovery, decolonization, re-vision, and inclusivity."
—Hilton Obenzinger, Stanford University
"Those who seek any understanding of a most misunderstood region should read carefully Ra'ad's meticulous retracing of its overwrought human record."
—Djelal Kadir, Pennsylvania State University
About the book
Here is an alternative to understanding what is commonly called "the Middle East" or "cradle of civilization." A region associated with "Holy Land," it has been appropriated time and again by three religions, while denied an indigenous voice for a more inclusive, authentic telling of its history and cultures.
The book discusses constructs and terminologies over centuries, the development of religions, exploitation of sacred sites, ancient/modern place names, the alphabet, Ugarit, identity, appropriation, self-colonization, and heritage retrieval. It foregrounds recent discoveries, unravels deep history, resurfaces people's subalternity, and provides research tools on key issues.