Strangers in Their Homeland

Strangers in Their Homeland

In this episode, we speak with Maha Nassar, Associate Professor of Modern Middle East History and Islamic Studies at The University of Arizona, about Palestinian citizens of the State of Israel. Maha discusses life as a Palestinian-American growing up in Chicago, her parents’ memories of life in Palestine before 1948, and the experiences of Palestinians who remained within the borders of Israel. Maha focuses on the intellectual history of this community, emphasizing the role of poetry in communicating their longings and aspirations.

Read Maha’s book on the topic, Brothers Apart: Palestinian Citizens of Israel and the Arab World, published by Stanford University Press.

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This episode featured a recording of “Yumma Welil Hawa,” performed on the qanun by Maria Trogolo.

This episode featured music from Basel Zayed (

  • “Had el-Umor” from the album Hada Leil
  • “Martyr”
  • “Violence” from the album Ayn Trio
  • “Civil War” from the album Adam
  • “Samaai’ Nahawand” from the album Ayn Trio
  • “Waiting” from the album Ayn Trio
  • “Arafto al-Hawa” from the album Ayn Trio
  • “Janin” from the album Hada Leil