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Qustandi Shomali

Qustandi Shomali

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Personal Info

  • Country of residence : Palestine
  • Gender : Male
  • Born in : 1946
  • Age : 71
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Qustandi Shomali "born in Beit Sahour, Palestineon on July 8, 1946", is a Palestinian professor of history at Bethlehem University.

He worked as an Arabic teacher in Algeria from 1965–72; received a B.A in Arabic literature from Oran University in Algeria in 1971, worked as editor of the Arab World Review in Canada from 1972 to 1975 and as Translator for the Government of Quebec while also studying Comparative Literature at Montreal University, graduating with an MA in 1974; continued his studies in France and earned a Doctorate in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Paris, Sorbonne.

Shomali was on the board of Directors of the Family Bookshop Group Holdings, Cyprus from 1992-95 served as secretary of the Bethlehem 2000 Committee in 1995-96, was a Visiting Professor at the California State University, San Bernardino in 2004 and in 2011-2012.


Shomali wrote extensively on Bethlehem and Cultural Tourism:

  • A Guide to Bethlehem and its Surroundings which was translated into German, Spanish, French and Italian.
  • Bethlehem 2000: Twenty Centuries of History; a catalogue in Arabic, French and English for a photographic exhibition on Bethlehem.
  • A book entitled Cultural Tourism in Palestine (MAS.1999).
  • Tourism, Cultural and Development, the Case of Palestine (1995), a study in English for UNESCO.
  • He was a major contributor in the preparation of an illustrated book The Nativity in Bethlehem & Umbria.
  • He also prepared a Visitors' Guide to the Ministry of Tourism and A Tourist Guide to Palestine.
  • He wrote also a policy paper entitled: Cultural Tourism in Palestine: Policy, Resources & Products.West Bank & Gaza. UNESCO.March 2004.
  • a textbook entitled: Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Bethlehem University, 2005.
  • Genealogy database for the Shomali Family in Palestine and Diaspora, 2013.


Achievements and Awards

He has received several prizes and honors including the Rashid Hussein Prize by the Arab Heritage Center in 1991. the "Medallion François 1er" from the Collège de France 1995, The Ghassan Kanafani Medallion in 1996 and the Bethlehem University Recognition Medal in 2002 also his works as translator into Arabic, including The Master: A Life of Jesus (by John Pollock) Beirut, Dar al-Jil, (1999), wrote numerous textbooks for teaching, articles and critical studies in Arabic, English and French, in local and international journals, on Modern Palestinian Literature, Comparative Literature and Media, including Introduction into Modern Linguistics, Jerusalem, Arab Studies Society, 1983, Literary and Critical Trends in Modern Palestinian Literature (Jerusalem, Dar al-Awdah, 1990).

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