Hannah Arendt and Edward Said: Exile and Binationalism

Burdon, P. (2018). Hannah Arendt and Edward Said: Exile and Binationalism. Philosophy Today, 62(2), 377-395.

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2019-25

18 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2019

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Peter D. Burdon

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: January 25, 2019

Abstract

In this essay, I focus on the extent to which the condition of exile influenced the way Hannah Arendt and Edward Said engaged with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and concepts of Binationalism. Part one is largely biographical and narrates the conditions under which both parties went into exile and the ways exile influenced their intellectual development and identity. Part two analyses Arendt’s early Jewish writings and the ways she sought to affirm notions of equality and Binationalism as a method for protecting stateless refugees. Following this, I consider Said’s concern for the memory and experience of victims and his argument that the shared histories of dispossession endured by Jews and Palestinians might form the basis for an alliance. While Binationalism has largely been erased from political discourse today, I conclude by suggesting that Said’s intervention offers useful tools through which Arendt’s proposals might be rethought or reimagined today.

Keywords: binationalism, Israel, Palestine, exile, cohabitation

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Burdon, Peter D., Hannah Arendt and Edward Said: Exile and Binationalism (January 25, 2019). Burdon, P. (2018). Hannah Arendt and Edward Said: Exile and Binationalism. Philosophy Today, 62(2), 377-395.; U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2019-25. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3322109

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