[...] the demolition of Palestinian homes and villages and the continuing occupation of the West Bank and Gaza represent a dismantling and violent erasure of Arab identity as the Arab world's sense of home is not deterritorialized, but is firmly placed in various nation states of the Middle East, a geo-political conflation which recurs throughout the writing of Arab Americans.1 Given the colonization of the Arab world, including Western occupation and its legacy, and the continuation of imperial wars, it is fitting that Arab American texts are centrally concerned with issues of citizenship, exile and homelands. Home in Geha's Through and Through is conceptually linked to bell hooks' notion of homeplace specifically as the interiority of the home offers renewal, recovery and healing in the midst of oppression and domination, hooks historicizes the import of home in African America culture: African American women believed that the construction of a homeplace however fragile and tenuous (the slave hut, the wooden shack), had a radical political dimension.
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