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The Book

Before Their Diaspora is a visual journey into Palestine before 1948. Every important aspect of Palestinian society comes to life in the nearly 500 photographs, carefully selected from thousands available in private and public collections throughout the world. Descriptive, analytical texts, introduce each of the five historical periods into which the book is divided. Carefully researched, captions identify the time, place, personalities and context of each photograph. The first printing was in 1984. Learn more about the book.

 

Using the Website & Digital Book

An instructional video on how to use this website.

The Author

Born in Jerusalem, Walid Khalidi was educated at the University of London and Oxford University. He taught at Oxford, the American University of Beirut, and Harvard. Khalidi is the general secretary of the Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

 

Walid Khalidi on Before Their Diaspora

The author discusses the making of this book.

Special Thanks

The publication of the first printing of Before Their Diaspora in 1984 was made possible through the generous patronage of Mr Abdul Hamid Shoman, Chairman of the Board of Director, the Arab Bank (Amman, Jordan) and Mr Hassib Sabbagh, founder of the Diana Tamari Sabbagh Foundation (Beirut, Lebanon).

This electronic edition of Before Their Diaspora was made possible through the generosity of the Alami family to honor the memory of the late Mr Sami Y Alami, a leading Palestinian patriot, businessman, philanthropist and a long-time member of the board of trustees and the executive committee of the Institute for Palestine Studies.

Jerusalem: Allah's Choice

"The choice of Allah of all his lands is Jerusalem . . . the dew which descends upon Jerusalem is a remedy from every sickness, because it is from the gardens of Paradise.”

This vast compound some thirty-four acres in area, known as the Haram aI-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary), is situated in the Old City of Jerusalem, one of the three holiest cities of Islam (the other two being Mecca and Medina).

Jesus: Allah's Word


"The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary ... His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him ... "

The Star of Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity. Islam is deeply imbued with Judeo-Christian beliefs and traditions. The prophet Muhammad is seen by Muslims as the last and "seal" (khatim) of a long line of earlier prophets.

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