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Decolonising the Palestinian Mind

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About the Book

‘I am standing over the ruins of a house in Gaza City, peering at the horizon.’ These are the opening words of this book, which was published

while Gaza, where the author lives, is being annihilated.

But Decolonising the Palestinian Mind is not about the 2023 genocidal attack on Gaza. It is a sharp critique of the Oslo surrender, the Bantustans created by imperialism in the name of a two-state solution, and a recognition that the tokenisation of the Palestinian struggle and emancipation have become ordinary conduct on the part of organisations historically dedicated to the liberation of Palestine.

Haidar Eid builds on the work of Edward Said, who Palestinians treasure for his relentless truth-telling of their realities. Decolonising the Palestinian Mind calls for a consciousness change in a new period of unprecedented pressure on Palestinian culture, identity, and futures.

The cover of this book features a painting by Malak Mattar, a Gazan artist who began making art during the 2014 war on Gaza. Her work foregrounds women, and she uses vibrant colours to depict images of peace and hope.

About the Author

Haidar Eid is a South-African-Palestinian author and associate professor of Postcolonial and Postmodern Literature at Gaza’s al-Aqsa University.

His other books are ‘Worlding’ Postmodernism: Interpretive Possibilities of  Critical Theory and Countering the Palestinian Nakba: One State for All.

About Inkani Books

Inkani Books is a people’s movement-driven publishing house in Johannesburg, South Africa. It publishes accessible books that intervene in the Battle of Ideas, and discussions around the contemporary dilemmas of humanity, with a focus on pan-African themes, Marxism, and struggles in the Global South. Inkani Books is a project of Tricontinental Pan-Africa.

Our books are available at The Commune (Johannesburg), 1804 Books (New York City), May Day Bookstore (New Delhi) and Takealot. @inkanibooks For press, events and direct sales, please contact: Efemia Chela,


Unique selling points:

Decolonising the Palestinian Mind is essential reading for understanding the ongoing destruction of Palestine, the importance of international solidarity and the failure of international organisations to prevent settler colonialism and genocide.

Eid illuminates the linkages between the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.

Readers will find the mix of personal and intellectual reflections from a South-African Palestinian living under the Israeli occupation in Gaza in the wake of the events of 7 October 2023 both moving and insightful.

Comparable titles:

On Palestine by Edward Said

The Hundred Years’ War  on Palestine: A History  of Settler Colonialism  and Resistance, 1917–  2017 by Rashid Khalidi Mornings in Jenin by

Susan Abulhawa

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