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.


Jewish suffering, Palestinian suffering

Solidarity with Jewish suffering should lead to solidarity with victims of Zionist racism, the Palestinians


Peace is war: After the Oslo Accords

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


Peace is war: Israeli settler-colonialism and the Palestinians

Reframing war as a means to peace was and is an integral element of the Zionist project, writes scholar.

US & Canada

The last of the Semites

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


Re-turning rights

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


Israel and the politics of boycott

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


Palestinians, Egyptian Jews and propaganda

Despite claims to the contrary, it isn't all sunshine and rainbows when Jewish Egyptians reflect on Egypt.

Arts & Culture

Zionism, anti-Semitism and colonialism

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


'Homeland,' Obama’s Show

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


The 'Arab Spring' and other American seasons

The uprisings have raised great economic expectations on the part of the majority of Tunisians and Egyptians.


Hamas and the old/new American crescent

The PA has "very little more to offer" to Israel and the US is the deciding factor in its "survivability or demise".


Egypt's nouveaux riches and the Palestinians

The beneficiaries of post-Sadat financial success continue to sell out Egypt and the Palestinians.