Salim Tamari

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Salim Tamari

IPS senior fellow and director of the IPS-affiliated Institute of Jerusalem Studies.

Salim Tamari is IPS senior fellow and the former director of the IPS-affiliated Institute of Jerusalem Studies. He is editor of Jerusalem Quarterly and Hawliyyat al Quds.

He is professor of sociology at Birzeit University and an adjunct professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.  He has authored several works on urban culture, political sociology, biography and social history, and the social history of the Eastern Mediterranean. Recent publications include: Year of the Locust: Palestine and Syria during WWI (UC Press, 2010) Ihsan's War: The Intimate Life of an Ottoman Soldier (IPS, Beirut, 2008); The Mountain Against the Sea (University of California Press, 2008); Biography and Social History of Bilad al Sham (edited with I. Nassar,2007, Beirut IPS); Pilgrims, Lepers, and Stuffed Cabbage: Essays on Jerusalem's Cultural History (edited, with I. Nassar, IJS, 2005) and Essays on the Cultural History of Ottoman and Mandate Jerusalem (editor, IJS, 2005).

Tamari has served as visiting professor, University of California at Berkeley (2005, 2007, 2008); Eric Lane Fellow, Cambridge University (2008); lecturer in Mediterranean Studies Venice University (2002-present); among other posts.


Salim Tamari on the Arab Revolt Against the Ottoman Empire
Institute for Palestine Studies Senior Fellow Salim Tamari was cited in "Great War secrets of the Ottoman Arabs" on 15 October 2011. by Robert Fisk Forgotten soldiers. We all know about Gallipoli; hopelessly conceived mess, dreamed up by...
Salim Tamari on Art and Politics
Institute for Palestine Studies Senior Fellow Salim Tamari was cited in " Politics Mingles With Art at a Palestinian Cultural Festival" on 11 November 2014. by ISABEL KERSHNER RAMALLAH, West Bank — Jugglers and stilt walkers led the...


The Future of Jerusalem: Sacred Space or Open City?

This article originally appeared on al Shabaka on 11 July 2011. Overview Even before the crusades, Jerusalem has had an enchanting hold on people’s imagination. Visitors imposed their aspirations, inner anguish, and dreams on what they saw as an eternal sacred city, whereas the worldly city was at great variance and often in contradiction with these imageries. Indeed, this...

City of Riffraff: Crowds, Public Space, and New Urban Sensibilities in War-Time Jerusalem, 1917-1921,

The following paper is published in Comparing Cities: The Middle East and South Asia , by Kamran Asdar Ali and Martina Rieker, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2010. Between the surrender of Jerusalem to General Allenby's victorious army by the Ottoman Governor Izzat Bey and Mayor Hussein al Husseini(December 1917) and the commencement of the British Mandate (1920),...

Lepers, Lunatics and Saints: The Nativist Ethnography of Tawfiq Canaan and his Jerusalem Circle

The following paper is published in Mountain against the Sea: Essays on Palestinian Society and Culture , by Salim Tamari. Berkeley and Los Angeles, California: University of California Press. 2009. The separation of Arab and Jewish lepers in the Talbieh Leprosarium, during the war of 1948, marked one of those defining moments in the annals of Jerusalem and the Arab-Israeli...


Palestinian Refugee Negotiations: From Madrid to Oslo II

Institute for Palestine Studies scholar Salim Tamari is the author of Palestinian Refugee Negotiations: From Madrid to Oslo II (Beirut: Institute for Palestine Studies, 1996).

Jerusalem 1948 : The Arab Neighbourhoods and their Fate in the War

Institute for Palestine Studies scholar Salim Tamari is the author of Jerusalem 1948: The Arab Neighbourhoods and their Fate in the War (Ramallah: Institute of Jerusalem Studies/BADIL Resource Center, 2002).


Normalcy and Violence: The Yearning for the Ordinary in Discourse of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

This essay explores the evolving usage and meanings of normalcy (the routinization of daily life)—as opposed to normalization—during various phases of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, with particular emphasis on the post-1967 period. It does so by highlighting how Palestinians and Israelis have...

The Palestinian Economy and Future Prospects: Interview with Mohammad Mustafa, Head of the Palestine Investment Fund

Dr. Mohammad Mustafa is chairman and CEO of the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF) and an economic adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas. PIF, the leading investor in Palestine, is a publicly limited company fully owned by the people of Palestine. It was established in 2003 with the...

A Palestinian State in Two Years: Interview with Salam Fayyad, Palestinian Prime Minister

Salam Fayyad was appointed prime minister of the Palestinian Authority (PA) on a “national emergency” basis following the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, inaugurating the de facto system of parallel governments still in place—one headed by Fayyad in the PA-dominated West Bank, the...

With God's Camel in Siberia: The Russian Exile of an Ottoman Officer from Jerusalem

This article was published in the Autumn 2008 issue of the Jerusalem Quarterly.

Najati Sadqi (1905-79): The Enigmatic Jerusalem Bolshevik

The subject of these memoirs, Najati Sidqi (1905–79), is almost forgotten in the annals of the Palestinian national movement. Even in the ranks of the Left, there are few who remember him. Yet at one point, Sidqi was a foremost figure within Palestinian and Arab communism. Purchase article or...

Who Rules Palestine?

One of the main targets of the Israeli reoccupation of Palestinian townships in April and May 2002 was the security apparatuses of the Palestinian Authority (PA), in particular the Preventive Security Force, under the com- mand of Jibril Rajoub, and Force 17, under the command of Yasir Arafat. The...

The Second Uprising: End or New Beginning?

This article examines the al-Aqsa intifada against the background of the Oslo accords and the Camp David summit. Comparing its features to those of the first intifada, it analyzes and develops a number of important differences. These include the structure of the clashes themselves, the religious...

The Dubious Lure of Binationalism

As PALESTINIANS EDGE TOWARD a territorial settlement that is less than satisfac tory in terms of their minimal requirements for statehood, the idea of a bina tional state for Israelis and Palestinians begins to acquire a certain attractiveness. Purchase article or Journal subscription at University...

Palestinian Refugees and the Palestinian-Israeli Negotiations

An interview with Salim Tamari. Purchase article or Journal subscription at University of California Press-Journal of Palestine Studies , or log-in and read article if you're a Journal subscriber.

Virtual Returns to Jaffa

The city of Jaffa was the most important commercial and cultural center of Arab Palestine before the 1948 war. At the end of April of that year, the city was captured by the combined Jewish forces of the Haganah, Irgun, and Lehi. Except for several thousand people, its 70,000 inhabitants fled...

The Palestinian Movement in Transition : Historical Reversals and the Uprising

A persistent dynamic dominating Palestinian political discourse since the beginning of the occupation was the unspoken opposition between the liberationist strategy and the territorial search for statehood. During the 1960s and early 1970s, this dynamic was resolved overwhelmingly in favor of the...

In League with Zion: Israel's Search for a Native Pillar

One of the central dilemmas facing Israel's control over the territories conquered in 1967 has been the inability of the successive Labor and Likud governments to establish a substantial group of collaborators to mediate its rule. Purchase article or Journal subscription at University of California...

Building Other People's Homes : The Palestinian Peasant's Household and Work in Israel

This paper aims to examine the manner in which peasant-workers in the West Bank have become involved in the work process in Israel, and to investigate the impact of this work on the peasant's family farm and village social structure. The study is based on interviews of peasant-workers in the...


Is There a Palestinian Strategy?

Institute for Palestine Studies Senior Fellow Salim Tamari spoke at a panel discussion at the Palestine Center on 4 November 2011.