index
Page references in italics indicate illustra-
tions.
abeyance of legitimacy: through crisis ser-
vices, 125, 135, 154; through distraction
and deferral, 28, 172, 179, 191; e√ective-
ness and limits of, 160, 166–67, 191,
210, 217–18; general practice of, 82; ju-
risdiction and, 160, 172; through tacti-
cal government, 17–18, 20
Abu Hashim, Abdul Latif, 195
Abu Sha’ban, Hilmi, Tarikh Ghazza:
Naqd wa-Tahlil, 155–56, 162–64, 168
Abu Sharkh, Said, 158–59, 280n11
Accounts Clearance O≈ce, 58–59
Alami, Musa, 271n76
alcohol consumption, 197–98
Alexander the Great, 238n8
All-Palestinian Government, 8, 241n34
amr bil ma’ruf, 195
analytics of power, 242n45
Anderson, Douglas, 257n9, 257n11
Anghie, Antony, 6
anthropology of government, 219–35,
243n55
Appadurai, Arjun, 204
Arab Chamber of Commerce, 180
Arabic prose, 41–42, 252n33
Arab-Israeli War (1948). See nakba
Arab National Union (Gaza), 9, 86, 217
Arafat, Yasser, 231, 237n3
archives: Derrida on, 250n9; ethnography
of and in, 250n8; as extractive/exclu-
sionary, 34, 250n12; files and, 33–37,
57, 250n13, 255nn70–71; government
authority and, 33; hierarchical relations
in, 34, 250n13; as institutions and pro-
cesses, 250n8. See also Israel State Ar-
chives
al-’Arif, ’Arif, 65, 256n4; Tarikh Ghazza,
155–56, 162–64, 281n19, 281n27
Armistice Lines (1949), xvi, 7, 22
army, 179
Asad, Talal, 195, 285n8
al-Asad, Hafiz, 18
Ashkelon (Gaza district). See Majdal
authority: accumulation of, and files, 35,
48–52; archives and, 33; of civil ser-
vants, 13; discursive, 16, 244n64; of ex-
pansiveness, 32; of files, 32–33, 35, 38,
42, 47, 251n24; legitimacy vs., 17–18,
61, 64, 93, 123; of Qur’an, 250n15; reit-
erative/bureaucratic, 14–17, 90–92,
119–20, 219–21, 225, 234, 244n60; re-
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