Abu Jildeh and Al-Armeet

Ma'touq Collective

December 2023 
Co-published with Bilna’es
Arabic/English 
Edited by the Ma’touq Collective
Translated from the Arabic by Jumana Kayyali and May Jayyusi
Insert design by Rissa Hochberger 
Softcover, 140 pages, 5.6 x 8.4 inches, with insert 
ISBN: 979-8-9863375-7-9

First Edition (2017) of 1,000 printed in Ramallah, Palestine, published by the Ma’touq Collective

Second Edition (2013) of 1,000 printed in Venice, Italy, published by Bilna’es and Wendy’s Subway
18 USD

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About the book

Abu Jildeh and Al-Armeet looks at anti-colonial insurgency in Palestine through the story of the Abu Jildeh bandit gang, a group of farmers from the greater Nablus region who rose up against the British colonization of Palestine. From roughly 1931 to 1934, the band resisted both the British occupation and Palestinian feudal landlords, before they were eventually caught and executed by the British army. Their rebellion, amongst others, paved the way for the 1936 Revolt, a mass uprising against the British colonization of Palestine and the planned Zionist colonization outlined by the Balfour Declaration of 1917. Although the 1936 Revolt was ultimately crushed, it presented a formidable challenge to the British Empire. Its echoes still reverberate today. 

A historical narrative unfolding through text, drawings, and archival documents, this book, first published in 2017, is now reprinted in a new edition augmented by an English-language translation.

More about at Abu Jildeh here.

About the co-publisher

Bilna’es (in the negative) is an a-disciplinary platform that seeks to find new models for artists to redistribute resources and support one another in the production and circulation of work. Functioning as an interdisciplinary publishing space with releases ranging from music to video games, exhibitions, publications, and yet-to-be-imagined forms. Bilna’es was initiated by Ruanne Abou-Rahme and Basel Abbas, Muqata’a, and other anonymous figures as a way to support artistic communities in Palestine and beyond. 

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