Mapping Exile and Return: Palestinian Dispossession and a Political Theology for a Shared Future by Alain Epp Weaver
One of the most persistent and vexing issues facing not just theology but also political theory, sociology, and other disciplines is the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict. For theology, the problem is especially nettlesome on account of the Church's shared history and tradition with Israel. Palestinians, including Palestinian Christians, bear the brunt of suffering and dispossession in the current situation, yet politically, Christians throughout the world have adopted Zionism. Alain Epp Weaver analyzes Israeli mapping practices for Palestinians returning to their homeland, arguing against the political theology embedded in Zionist cartographic practices that refuse and seek to eliminate evidence of co-existence. In response, he offers a political theology of redrawing the territory compatible with a bi-national vision for a shared Palestinian-Israeli future.