Conceived by the Institute for Palestine Studies as part of a joint project with the Palestinian Museum, The Interactive Encyclopedia of the Palestine Question traces the history of modern Palestine, from the end of the Ottoman era to the present.

Consisting in the description of various aspects of the Palestine Question that is simultaneously objective and committed, the Encyclopedia presents the Palestinians as they are—purposeful actors and not just victims.

Following years of preparation and several stages of implementation, the Encyclopedia is now a fully-bilingual platform geared towards academics, students, journalists, and the general public.

It currently consists of the following sections.

Start by exploring its backbone: a detailed Overall Chronology of the main events that shaped Palestinian history in the realms of war, diplomacy, culture, economy, and many other topics.

Some of these events form part of Thematic Chronologies, allowing you to access with a single click the milestones of the PLO’s history, the main United Nations resolutions, the different stages of Arab-Israeli wars and negotiations rounds, and many other crucial developments in Palestinian history.

For a deeper understanding of the main events and dimensions of the Palestine Question, discover an ever-growing number of Highlights written by leading academics and experts in the field.

Don’t forget to discover the Biographies of Palestinian intellectuals, artists, activists, combatants and politicians who have influenced the history of Palestine since the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Delve further into the painful legacy of the past by exploring hundreds of villages destroyed by Israel during the Nakba, which are now featured in a new section called Places. 

And don’t leave the platform without having browsed the Documents section through hundreds of historical texts, photographs, maps and charts that exemplify the great diversity of Palestine, past and present.

The Encyclopedia will be continually upgraded and populated with additional content. To help us improve it further, we need your feedback and suggestions; write to us at [email protected]


The Encyclopedia is the fruit of a close and enduring partnership between the Institute for Palestine Studies and the Palestinian Museum, where IPS is responsible for content and technological aspects, and both institutions join forces in its promotion and dissemination. Its financing is provided by IPS's own resources and by the Palestinian Museum. The PM wishes to express its gratitude to donors supporting this project: Timaa and Husam Khoury, Ossama Khoreibi, Nadia Sahweil, Nurredin Sahweil, Leenah Qattan, Hani Qattan, Najwa Qattan.
The Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS) is the oldest institute in the world devoted exclusively to documentation, research, analysis, and publication on Palestinian affairs and the Arab-Israeli conflict. It was established in Beirut in 1963 and incorporated there as a private, independent, non-profit Arab institute unaffiliated with any political organization or government. Throughout the Arab world, IPS is looked upon as the major source of accurate information and analysis on Palestinian affairs and the Arab-Israeli conflict, and as a model of institutional organization and independence.
The Palestinian Museum is an independent institution dedicated to supporting an open and dynamic Palestinian culture nationally and internationally. The Museum presents and engages with new perspectives on Palestinian history, society and culture, particularly in the period from 1750 onwards. It also offers spaces for creative ventures, educational programmes and innovative research. The Museum is a flagship project of Taawon-Welfare Association and one of the most exciting new cultural projects in Palestine.