The Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS) and the Palestinian Museum launched today their joint project, the Interactive Encyclopedia of the Palestine Question, a bilingual English–Arabic platform devoted entirely to the history of modern Palestine from the end of the Ottoman era to the present.
The Encyclopedia, the first of its kind, was developed for use by academics, students, journalists, and the general public, said a press release by the IPS.
It currently consists of the following sections:
An Overall Chronology that presents the main events and developments that shaped Palestinian modern history in the realms of war, diplomacy, politics, culture, and economy;
Thematic Chronologies, or subsets of the Overall Chronology, that facilitate access to entries relevant to specific topics;
Highlights, written by leading academics and experts in the field, that cover important events and institutions, political, military and legal-constitutional developments, as well as crucial aspects of Palestinian cultural, social, or economic life or experience;
Biographies of Palestinian intellectuals, artists, leaders, combatants, and politicians who have influenced the history of Palestine since the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries;
Places, the digitized version of the seminal book All That Remains, dedicated to the 418 Palestinian villages destroyed in 1948;
Documents, consisting of hundreds of primary texts, photographs, maps, and charts.
“The Encyclopedia has come to fruition following years of preparation and several stages of implementation,” said Camille Mansour, the IPS Editor in Chief. “Throughout this process, utmost attention has been given to introduce a description of the Palestine Question that is simultaneously committed and objective and to present Palestinians as they are—purposeful actors, and not just victims, who build with both successes and setbacks their political, social, and cultural institutions inside and outside Palestine.”
The Encyclopedia will be continually upgraded and populated with additional content.
Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA)