In the Shadow of Empire: 100 Years of Settler Colonialism in Palestine; Sami Tayeb

Sami Tayeb

Contrary to common belief, the conflict in Palestine is not ancient nor is it religious. Rather, it’s the result of Western empires intervening to facilitate a settler colonial project in the Holy Land over the last 100 years. This talk will discuss the history of settler colonialism, what it looks like, and why it’s relevant when discussing Palestine today.

Sami Tayeb is currently a lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis in the American Culture Studies program. He earned his master’s in Middle East Studies from the American University of Beirut. His research and teaching interests focus on political economy and the built environment in the Middle East, as well as Western knowledge production and the architecture of empire. He has lived and worked in several Arab countries, including Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. Before moving to St. Louis, he was the director of Middle East Books and More, a non-profit bookstore in Washington, DC. He has been published in Middle East Report and Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and is currently teaching a new course titled Arabs in America: Transcending the Colonial Imaginary.

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