Rewriting the Palestinian Narratives in Barghouti’s I Saw Ramallah


  • Rana Abdul Munim Khan Lecturer, Department of English Language and Linguistic, Riphah International University Faisalabad Campus, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Amina Aleem Lecturer, Department of English Language and Linguistic, Riphah International University Faisalabad Campus, Punjab, Pakistan



Dislocation of Palestinians, Hegemonic Ideology, Deconstruction of Israel’s Discourse,, Rewriting of Palestinian Narrative, Historiographic Metafiction


This study highlights Mourid Barghouti’s struggle in I Saw Ramallah to raise consciousness in the silenced Palestinians for the reinvigoration of Palestinian narrative by recounting his personal experience and other Palestinian individuals’ life experiences. The life stories of the suppressed individuals contribute in generating the marginalized history because individuals’ narrative act as multiple voices which is against the constructed center. Through the confrontation against the constructed discourses, native intellectual draws alternative ways and these distinctive ways help in formulating the history of the silence people. This paper also examines how he has developed a Palestinian narrative by using his exilic experience even in such strenuous circumstances. Through his personal observance, he portrays how he has suffered throughout his thirty years of exile due to Israeli occupation. This study also explores his dissemination of the Israeli discursive practices against Palestinians by using the theoretical assumptions of Hutcheon about historiographic metafiction. Her theoretical assumptions help in examining how he problematizes the Israeli ideologies as well as developing Palestinian narrative through self-representation because one person is enough to represent the nation. As the representative of Palestinians, he counters world discourses and his memoir spots light on his efforts to regain the lost roots of his rich civilization.


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How to Cite

Rana Abdul Munim Khan, & Amina Aleem. (2024). Rewriting the Palestinian Narratives in Barghouti’s I Saw Ramallah. Inception - Journal of Languages and Literature, 3(2), 35–50.