ONLINE CLASS: Understanding Politics of the Middle East through Literature: A Day in the Life of Abed Salama by Nathan Thrall

One Wednesday: November 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET Online

$50 Per Person (10% off for members)

Lecture and Discussion. This live class will be recorded and available for later viewing.

Join us for a journey into contemporary Palestinian and Israeli society via a beautifully written book by Nathan Thrall. The publisher’s blurb describes the book as: “A gripping, intimate story of one heartbreaking day in Palestine that reveals lives, loves, enmities, and histories in violent collision”.

“Five-year-old Milad Salama is excited for a school trip to a theme park on the outskirts of Jerusalem. On the way, his bus collides with a semitrailer. His father, Abed, gets word of the crash and rushes to the site. The scene is chaos—the children have been taken to different hospitals in Jerusalem and the West Bank; some are missing, others cannot be identified. Abed sets off on an odyssey to learn Milad’s fate. It is every parent’s worst nightmare, but for Abed it is compounded by the maze of physical, emotional, and bureaucratic obstacles he must navigate because he is Palestinian. He is on the wrong side of the separation wall, holds the wrong ID to pass the military checkpoints, and has the wrong papers to enter the city of Jerusalem. Abed’s quest to find Milad is interwoven with the stories of a cast of Jewish and Palestinian characters whose lives and histories unexpectedly converge. In A Day in the Life of Abed Salama, Nathan Thrall—hailed for his ‘severe allergy to conventional wisdom’ (Time)—offers an indelibly human portrait of the struggle over Israel/Palestine and a new understanding of the tragic history and reality of one of the most contested places on earth.”

One Wednesday: 29th November from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time Online

Required Book:

A Day in the Life of Abed Salama by Nathan Thrall (9781250854971)

Currently on sabbatical at St Antony’s College, Oxford University, UK - Heba F. El-Shazli is an Egyptian American and an avid lover and reader of literature from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She is an associate professor of political science at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Master’s Degree Program at the Center for Democracy and Civil Society. Heba teaches courses on governments and politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Islam and politics, international relations, and the role of civil society and social movements in democratization. She has a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG) with a specialization in Governance and International Affairs from Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University. She was the Director of MENA programs at the Solidarity Center (2004-2011) and the Deputy MENA Regional Director at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) from 2001 until 2004. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (

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A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy By Nathan Thrall Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250854971
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Published: Metropolitan Books - October 3rd, 2023