Edward Said's Palestine/Israel: Inclusion Without Domination
A lecture by Nubar Hovsepian, Chapman University
Published: Thursday, May 05, 2011
The idea of mutual recognition between two peoples, articulated by Edward Said in his book The Question of Palestine (1979) led him to advocate a two-state solution in the late 1970. But his position did not remain static. In his late (style) his positions evolved further. He went back to his humanistic principle that insists on inclusion rather than exclusion. He reasons that historic Palestine and historic Israel are ostensibly lost causes. The security and prosperity of Israelis and Palestinians are inseparable, hence to remain prisoners of exclusive victim narrative can only lead to further human tragedy and loss of life. Instead he wants to dislodge the sterile discourse by moving it in a different direction. He expresses support for a bi-national state, one that could usher reconciliation based on a discourse of inclusion rather than domination. He asks us to think of how Palestinians and Israelis can live with rather than against each other.
Nubar Hovsepian is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California. He recently published Palestinian State Formation: Education and the Construction of National Identity (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), and edited and contributed to The War on Lebanon (Interlink Publishers, 2008). He is presently working on the book Edward W. Said: The Politics of a Public Intellectual. He has also written and edited four books in Arabic, most notably on the Iranian revolution of 1979, and has published articles in professional journals, newspapers, and magazines in various parts of the world. Hovsepian has devoted enormous time to the Israel/Palestine conflict, and served, from 1982 to 1984, as Political Affairs Officer for the United Nations Conference on the Question of Palestine.
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