Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations has issued an Arabic academic paper entitled; “Mark Twain and Palestine: The Controversial Depiction and the Zionist Employment,” by Ibrahim ‘Abdul Karim.
This study discusses certain writings of the famous American writer Mark Twain, where at first ‘Abdul Karim describes Twain’s mentality, intellectual orientations and practical experiences, then the general context of his trip to Palestine, and afterwards his book, which contains controversial depictions of the country. This paper extensively analyses the concepts and statements of Twain, and how he was highly appreciated by the Zionists. ‘Abdul Karim explores the Jewish religious dimension of Twain’s narrative, while reviewing the opinions about the issues he raised.
Twain’s trip to Palestine is a typical orientalist case, influenced by Western cultural values and his own individual identity. His narrative about his trip to Palestine was not an ordinary matter, for not only he was one of the most famous American writers, but he also focused on the Holy Land, which is particularly a sensitive issue to the American Christians. Moreover, his book included thoughts that are considered extremely dangerous to the Palestinians, in particular, and the Arabs and Muslims, in general, that can be used to the advantage of the Israelis and Zionists.
Thus, there is a need to scientifically and objectively address all malicious allegations aimed at promoting biased impressions and concepts, which ignore the facts and are employed in projects that are against the rights and aspirations of the Ummah (Muslim nation).
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By: Ibrahim ‘Abdul Karim (Exclusively for al-Zaytouna Centre).