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[book cover] Under the Nakba Tree

Mowafa Said Househ

June 2018

9781771992039 (Paperback)
9781771992046 (PDF)
9781771992053 (ePub)


Our Lives: Diary, Memoir, and Letters

Biography & Memoir



About the Book

Mowafa Said Househ’s family fled Palestine in 1948 and arrived in Canada in the 1970s. His childhood was spent in Edmonton, Alberta, where he grew up as a visible minority and a Muslim whose family had a deeply fractured history. In the year 2000, Mowafa visited his family’s homeland of Palestine. It was the beginning of the Second Intifada and Mowafa witnessed first-hand the consequences of prolonged conflict and occupation. When he returned to Canada he was inspired to tell the story of those who suffer the effects of intergenerational and colonial traumas—effects felt by his refugee family and the indigenous people of Turtle Island with whom he shares a new home. In this moving memoir, Mowafa compares and contrasts the lives of immigrants with the lives of those who live on occupied land and the struggles that define them both.


About the Author

Mowafa Said Househ was born in Edmonton, Alberta. He is associate professor of health information science at the University of Victoria where he lives with his wife, three daughters, and son.