The Jerusalem Fund offers unique access to its Hisham Sharabi Memorial Library, which contains nearly 3000 authoritative texts written about the Palestinian struggle, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Palestinian society, Zionism, and Arab history, society, and culture. The holdings are mostly in English and books written in Arabic have transliterated titles. The library is searchable online and is very easy to search by title, author, or subject. Check out the Library Catalogue.
See what rich offerings are to be found, such as the translated works of Palestinian literary giants Mahmoud Darwish, Rashid Hussein, Samih Al-Qasim, Salma Jayyusi, and Ghassan Kanafani, original PLO documents, and books by world-renowned intellectuals such as Rashid Khalidi, Hisham Sharabi, Halim Barakat, and Samih Farsoun, among other intellectuals, historians, politicians, and journalists. Many of these books are from the personal collections of Hisham Sharabi, Samih Farsoun, and Clovis Maksoud. We continue to build our holdings with important contributions to the study of Palestinian history and society, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, U.S. foreign policy in the region, contemporary issues in Palestine, arts, literature, and film.
For those unfamiliar with Dr. Hisham Sharabi, he was one of the principal founders and former Chairman of The Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center. In addition, he was a scholar of European intellectual history and at the time of his passing in 2005 he was Professor Emeritus of History and Umar al-Mukhtar Chair of Arab Culture at Georgetown University.
Dr. Sharabi was a guiding force in the intellectual and academic study of the Arab world, and specifically Palestine, within the United States. Born in Jaffa in 1927, he obtained his BA in Philosophy from the American University of Beirut, completed an MA in Philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1949, where he completed his PhD in the History of Culture. Later, in 1973, with the collaboration of several colleagues, Dr. Sharabi established the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and in 1977 he founded The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development.
The Hisham Sharabi Memorial Library is a non-lending library and its use is by appointment only. Please call to make an appointment at (202) 338-1950. We are open between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.