Salim Tamari and Reja-e Busailah Receive 2018 Palestine Book Awards

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Salim Tamari and Reja-e Busailah Receive 2018 Palestine Book Awards

The Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS) is honored to announce Salim Tamari and Reja-e Busailah have each received a 2018 Palestine Book Award. The annual awards, sponsored by the Middle East Monitor in the United Kingdom, honor the best new books published in English about Palestine. The awards ceremony brought together “Palestinian literature, research work, and poetry to audiences across continents.” This year, 44 books were nominated for the awards, with the winners selected by a panel of expert judges in the Academic, Memoir, and Lifetime Achievement categories.

Salim Tamari, Editor of Jerusalem Quarterly and Professor of Sociology at Birzeit University, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding scholarly contributions on the social history of Palestine. His most recent book, The Great War and the Remaking of Palestine (UCP 2017), was shortlisted for a 2018 Palestine Book Award as well. “Tamari’s work has spanned more than two decades, and having served as a professor at several prestigious universities in the US, Europe and Palestine, he has secured his place as one of the Arab world’s most experienced academics on the Israel-Palestine conflict, ” MEMO said in its announcement of the award.

Reja-e Busailah received the Memoir Award for his autobiographical work, In the Land of My Birth: A Palestinian Boyhood (IPS 2017). Busailah was born in Jerusalem in 1929. He received a BA in English Literature from Cairo University and a Ph.D from New York University. He has taught English Literature at Indiana University (Kokomo), Birzeit University (West Bank), and Muhammad V University (Morocco). Busailah also taught at a school for the blind in Kuwait, which he helped establish.

The IPS community of scholars, researchers, and staff extends its warmest congratulations to Salim Tamari and Reja-e Busailah. Their work is an integral part of our commitment to preserve Palestinian history and culture, and informing the public with peerless scholarship and cutting-edge research.