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Nur Masalha

For 3,200 years, "Palestine" has been the prevalent term for the region between Egypt and Lebanon on the Mediterranean Sea. With its extensive history, Palestine has served as a diverse hub for numerous religions, languages, and ethnic groups. Present-day Palestinian Arabs have a blended heritage of Greek, Philistine, Israelite, Arab, Roman and other groups who have inhabited the area over time. Despite Islam being the dominant religion for the past 1,400 years, Christianity and Judaism have been consistently practiced by the indigenous people for thousands of years. However, the uninterrupted existence of the Palestinian people has been disrupted by Zionism, a European colonial endeavor that aims to establish Palestine as its own territory, resulting in the displacement of its cities and the appropriation of its culture and language.

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Palestine by Nur Masalha provides a detailed account of the historical trajectory of the land situated in the eastern Mediterranean, spanning from modern-day Lebanon to Egypt. Masalha skillfully weaves together a diverse range of sources, encompassing both ancient and modern perspectives, to construct a nuanced historical narrative. The exploration of the region extends from its ancient Philistine roots to the emergence of Palestinian nationalism in the nineteenth century, culminating in the establishment of Israel in 1948.

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For 3,200 years, "Palestine" has been the prevalent term for the region between Egypt and Lebanon on the Mediterranean Sea. With its extensive history, Palestine has served as a diverse hub for numerous religions, languages, and ethnic groups. Present-day Palestinian Arabs have a blended heritage of Greek, Philistine, Israelite, Arab, Roman and other groups who have inhabited the area over time. Despite Islam being the dominant religion for the past 1,400 years, Christianity and Judaism have been consistently practiced by the indigenous people for thousands of years. However, the uninterrupted existence of the Palestinian people has been disrupted by Zionism, a European colonial endeavor that aims to establish Palestine as its own territory, resulting in the displacement of its cities and the appropriation of its culture and language.

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Palestine's historical roots date back to the Late Bronze Age, approximately 3,200 years ago.

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Ancient Palestine thrived during Greek and Roman rule.

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During the Byzantine era, Palestine experienced the ascent of Christianity and the rise of Arabs to influential positions.

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Following the Muslim conquest of Palestine in 637 AD, prosperity, Arabization, and Islamization increased.

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Contemporary Palestinian nationalism came into existence in the early 1800s and grew stronger with the onset of Zionism.

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