EDITED VOLUME RESPONDING TO RASHID KHALIDI'S IRON CAGE (2006), deadline 1 October

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Geoffrey Sloan & Elizabeth Bishop

Care to join us in an edited volume? When Beacon Press published Rashid Khalildi's Iron Cage, an early review described it as "at heart a historical essay" (New York Times, 7 October 2006), suggesting that it was, "more ... analysis than an exercise in original research." 

While this journalist's response set up a false dichotomy--between analysis and research--the following ten years provided ample opportunity to assess this particular text's balance of archival discovery and analysis. This thematic conversation assesses the Iron Cage's subsequent influence on the work of such varied scholars as Gish Amit, Johathan Schneizer, Liora Halperin, Neil Caplan, Noah Haiduc-Dale, Osamah Khalil, Salim Tamari, Sandy Sufian, Shaiel Ben-Ephraim and Or Honig, and Shaul Setter, with theirs representing a range of responses to this book. 

We propose to assess Khalidi's assertion in his introduction: "this is not a 'revisionist' history" (p. xxxviii). We state our clear position that historical revisionism permits re-interpretation of the documentary record, whether this entails "analysis," "an exercise in original research," or both. During the late nineteen eighties, Benny Morris and Avi Shlaim had identified themselves as the region's "revisionist historians," which underscores the significance of their responses to the Iron Cage. For example, Benny Morris emphasized the category of "analysis," with the assertion: "Khalidi's admittedly cagey though ultimately unambiguous exposition of the one-state position in The Iron Cage [which] maintains in this book that his exposition does not 'involve advocacy'" in Morris' One State, Two States: Resolving the Israel/Palestine Conflict (2009, p. 3). 

In this edited volume, we propose use Morris and other historians' reads of the Iron Cage to draw attention to the significance of Khalidi's repeated statement that a civil war erupted in Palestine at the end of 1947 (p. 4, 126, and 175) with its implicit exposition of the two-state position in common conversation during the early 2000s. We are also open to interpretations of Khalidi's Iron Cage in the light of Max Weber's concept of the "iron cage." 

Join our proposal for an edited volume! We have three chapters as the basis for a prospectus, which we are prepared to submit to a publishing house in the UK, and welcome 500-word proposals based on Iron Cage (with a 200-word scholar biography) until 1 October. 

Geoffrey Sloan
Victoria Advocate geoffrey2sloan2@yahoo.com

  Elizabeth Bishop, Ph.D.Texas State University  elizabeth.bishop.laptop@gmail.com