Like all creations, this book is an outcome of a collegial effort. Many
friends, students, family members, and colleagues have accompanied me
throughout the extended period of researching and writing this book, pro-
viding me with invaluable support. I am deeply grateful to Shukri Abed,
Paul Amar, Amal Amireh, Ariella Azoulay, S. A. Bachman, Ella Shohat,
Rebecca Stein, Nadia Yaqub, and, last but not least, Simon Faulkner, for the
many stimulating conversations I have had with each of them about vision,
politics, and art and for a long- lasting intellectual dialogue.
This project would have never come to life without the inspiration I
found in the work of numerous artists and political activists. I have had the
fortune of forming special friendships and benefiting from the remarkably
inspiring artistic and political work of Basel Abbas, Ruanne Abou- Rahme,
Udi Aloni, Yael Bartana, Rula Halawani, Khaled Jarrar, Ilana Salama Ortar,
Larissa Sansour, Miri Segal, and Sharif Waked. I thank all these outstand-
ing artists for sharing their creative inner world with me.
For reading and commenting on several different sections of this book, I
extend my gratitude to the wonderful members of the ucla faculty writing
group, which met regularly in 2012: Christine Chism, Elizabeth DeLough-
rey, Helen Deutsch, Rachel Lee, Francoise Lionnet, Kathleen McHugh, and
Shu- mei Shih. Our conversations and exchange of writings remains one of
the most constructive experiences I have had.
At ucla I continue to benefit from an enriching intellectual environ-
ment. I thank my friends at the Comparative Literature department and the
Gender Studies department for their collegiality. I would like to extend my
innermost appreciation to Ali Behdad, Michael Cooperson, Nouri Gana,
Sondra Hale, Abeer Mohammed, Aamir Mufti, Todd Presner, and David
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