Friends of Birzeit University 40th Anniversary programme co-hosted with the University & College Union (UCU)




Decolonising the Study of Palestine 71 Years after the Nakba


Professor Abdel Razzaq Takriti, University of Houston


Chair: Professor Karma Nabulsi, University of Oxford

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Abdel Razzaq Takriti (D.Phil., Oxford) is Associate Professor and the inaugural holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston. An expert on anticolonialism, revolutions, and transnational movements in Palestine and the Arab world, he is the author of the award-winning book Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-1976 (Oxford University Press, 2013; paperback edition 2016) and the co-author and co-editor, with Professor Karma Nabulsi, of The Palestinian Revolution website (Oxford University Department of Politics and International Relations, 2017). Professor Takriti's opinion pieces have appeared in a variety of English and Arabic media outlets including The GuardianAljazeera EnglishAl-Ahram WeeklyJadaliyya and al-Quds al-Arabi.


Professor Karma Nabulsi is Fellow in Politics at St Edmund Hall, and teaches at the University of Oxford. She writes on 18th and 19th century political thought, the politics of revolutions, Palestinian refugees, and representation.  She designed and convened a civic-needs assessment run by Palestinian refugees in 24 countries, editing its report: Palestinians Register: Laying Foundations and Setting Directions (2006), and directed the voter registration drive to the Palestine National Council for Palestinian refugees from 2011-2016. The Palestinian Revolution, a bilingual Arabic/ English digital research and teaching resource was launched in 2017. Co-edited with Professor Abdel Razzaq Takriti, it was sponsored by the British Academy and is hosted at Oxford’s Department of Politics and IR. The open access resource is a collaborative initiative with museums, universities, research institutes, and scholars from across the global south. Karma is UCU Equalities Officer at the university, Patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and co-founder of HOPING which supports arts and education for young Palestinian refugees across the region.


The Education, Occupation & Liberation programme marks Fobzu’s 40th anniversary and is co-hosted with the University and College Union (UCU). The series of lectures and seminars brings together Palestinian, UK and international scholars, students and practitioners to explore the challenges facing Palestinian education and its role in creating a free and flourishing Palestine. Speakers consider the struggle of Palestinian students and educators, approaches to liberation education and the contribution of Palestine to decolonising curricula in the UK.

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