Joseph Massad

Joseph Massad

Joseph Massad teaches and writes about modern Arab politics and intellectual history. He has a particular interest in theories of identity and culture...  - including theories of nationalism, sexuality, race and religion. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 1998. He is the author of Desiring Arabs [2007], which was awarded the Lionel Trilling Book Award; The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinian Question [2006]; and Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan [2001]. His book Daymumat al-Mas’alah al-Filastiniyyah was published by Dar Al-Adab in 2009, and La persistence de la question palestinienne was published by La Fabrique in 2009 His articles have appeared in Public Culture, Interventions, Middle East Journal, Psychoanalysis and History, Critique, and the Journal of Palestine Studies, and used to write frequently for Al-Ahram Weekly. He teaches courses on modern Arab culture, psychoanalysis in relation to civilisation and identity, gender and sexuality in the Arab world, and Palestinian-Israeli politics and society, with seminars on Nationalism in the Middle East as Idea and Practice, and also on Orientalism and Islam.


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Israel

Almost a century after the Balfour Declaration, the Palestinians’ rights are being negotiated away by the PA.

opinion by Joseph Massad
Published On 3 Nov 2013
Young visitors listen to a recording nex

It is Israel’s claims that it represents and speaks for all Jews that are the most anti-Semitic claims of all.

opinion by Joseph Massad
Published On 21 May 2013
Land Day clashes

Like everything else with Zionism and Israel, their conception of rights is never universal but always particular.

opinion by Joseph Massad
Published On 20 Apr 2013
Palestinian at wall near Hizme and Pizgat Zeev

Zionism and Israel will continue to support any boycott that seeks to institutionalise racism and racial separatism.

opinion by Joseph Massad
Published On 19 Mar 2013
Palestine UN bid demo

Zionist leaders consciously recognised that state anti-Semitism was essential to their colonial project, writes Massad.

opinion by Joseph Massad
Published On 24 Dec 2012
obama

The award winning TV show does little to alleviate the myths and misconceptions about Arabs and Muslims, writes author.

opinion by Joseph Massad
Published On 25 Oct 2012