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Yasir Suleiman's Being Palestinian shortlisted for 2016 MEMO Palestine Book Awards

last modified Aug 08, 2016 04:08 PM

Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora, by Prof. Yasir Suleiman, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa'id Professor of Modern Arabic Studies, has been shortlisted for the 2016 Palestine Book Awards, awarded by the Middle East Monitor (MEMO).

The award, now in its fifth year, is an annual project that honours and celebrates books in English about Palestine. It is equally an attempt to encourage authors and publishers to create more fine books on Palestine. Altogether a total of 40 books were submitted for consideration. The shortlist winners selected by the judges have truly added to the diverse selection of submissions this year, adding to the mix of genres forwarding the Palestinian narrative.

The 2016 shortlisted authors are:

  • A Curious Land, Susan Muaddi Darraj, published by University of Massachusetts Press
  • Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora, Yasir Suleiman, published by Edinburgh University Press
  • Imperial perceptions of Palestine: British influence and power in late Ottoman times, Lorenzo Kamel, published by I.b.tauris
  • I Remember My Name, Ramzy Baroud, Samah Sabawi and Jehan Bseiso, published by Novum Publishing
  • Men of Capital, Sherene Seikaly, published by Stanford University Press
  • Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities, Anaheed Al-Hardan, published by Columbia University Press

The judges this year are:

Haifa Zangana – Author and journalist
Alan Waddams – MAP Chairman
Marjorie Mayo – Emeritus Professor
Dr Faysal Mikdadi - Author
Judith Laurance- Writer

The winners will be announced on the evening of the Awards dinner, which will be held on Friday, 18th November, at the Hilton London Paddington Hotel.

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