The Palestine History and Heritage Curriculum Project
The Palestine History and Heritage project intends to offer a non-biblically based re-evaluation of Palestine’s history and culture rooted in current archaeological, ethnographic and anthropological developments
As a corrective of earlier histories, this project will view the land of Palestine as an interrelated whole with historically shifting boundaries and will recognize the composite nature of the Palestinian peoples and cultures in a multi-vocal representation of Palestine’s heritage.
The project is an international and interdisciplinary research project, which—through a critical revision of Palestine’s history from the earliest human occupation of the region to the present—shall provide the basis for the development of textbooks and teachers’ manuals for the Palestine Authority’s school system. The project also has the goal of registering and preserving the region’s geography, topology, history and culture for the future.
The method employed is based on a combined classical historical approach with anthropological theories of landscape as “lieux de mémoire” (memory and heritage sites) and sociopolitical theories of “settler” versus “middle ground” colonialism. Palestine’s complex reality with many demographic and cultural changes throughout millennia are better dealt with in this dynamic and dialectical approach, rather than using a standard search for a simple historical narrative as in traditional history writing.
The Faculty of Theology and the ToRS Institute of the University of Copenhagen
The Institute of Palestine Studies, University of Exeter
Al-Quds Open University (Ramallah)
The Institute of Archaeology, Al-Quds University (Abu Dis)
The Department of Antiquities (PA)
The Palestinian Museum (Ramallah)
The Danish House in Palestine
The project’s inaugural workshop was held in Ramallah, September 4-6th in 2014 with a follow up in March 15-18, 2015.
Ingrid Hjelm, Hamdan Taha, Ilan Pappe and Thomas L. Thompson (eds.), A New Critical Approach to the History of Palestine. Palestine History and Heritage Project 1. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.
Thomas L. Thompson and Ingrid Hjelm, The Ever Elusive Past. Discussions of Palestine’s History and Heritage. Lectures of the Danish House 2018. Ramallah and Amman: Dar al Nasher, 2019 (Eng. og Arab.).
Raz Kletter, Archaeology, Heritage and Ethics in the Western Wall Plaza, Jerusalem. Darkness at the End of the Tunnel. London and New York: Routledge, 2020.
Mahmoud Issa, Lubya, a Palestinian Village in Galilee, an Unforgettable Symphony. Lambert Publishing, 2020.
|Mahmoud Issa||Ph.d. Senior Researcher||+45 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ingrid Hjelm||Associate Professor||+45 email@example.com|
|Thomas L. Thompson||Professor emeritus||+ 45 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hamdan Taha||Vice President for Academic Affair at al-Istiqlal Universityemail@example.com|
|Ilan Pappe||Director of Institute of Palestine Studies, University of Exeter||I.Pappe@exeter.ac.uk|
|Ingrid Hjelm||Associate Professor Emerita, University of Copenhagenfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mahmoud Hawari||Ph.D. Islamic archaeology, art and architecture||
|Faiha Abdulhadi||Director General of Al Rowat for Studies and Research, Ramallah and Ammanemail@example.com|
|Issa Sarie||Director, The High Institute of Archaeology, Al Quds University, Abu Disfirstname.lastname@example.org|