Before Their Diaspora

Before Their Diaspora is a visual journey into Palestine before 1948. Every important aspect of Palestinian society comes to life in the nearly 500 photographs, carefully selected from thousands available in private and public collections throughout the world. Descriptive, analytical texts, introduce each of the five historical periods into which the book is divided. Carefully researched, captions identify the time, place, personalities and context of each photograph. The Institute for Palestine Studies first published it in 1984.


Born in Jerusalem, Walid Khalidi was educated at the University of London and Oxford University. He taught at Oxford, the American University of Beirut, and Harvard. Khalidi is the general secretary of the Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.



The English side of this website was made possible by Will Youmans’ conceptualization and design, and Mohammad Rimawi’s technical implementation. Most crucially, much of the real labor was carried out with diligence and dedication by Institute for Palestine Studies’ 2011 interns Andrew Dalack and Emilee Tollefson. 2012 interns – Brianna White-Gaynor, Mac Thirkill and Farrah Skeiky – provided much needed copy editing and other finishing touches.

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