‘Memory of a Promise’ Anthology Reportedly Cancelled After Boycott

Lovely cover image apparently by Faegheh Shirazi.

According to Gulf News, the University of Texas anthology Memory of a Promise: Short Stories by Middle Eastern Women has been cancelled after some authors’ objections to the inclusion of stories by Israeli authors.

The project was conceived to honor scholar Elizabeth Fernea; project editor Annes McCann-Baker apparently started to blog about the anthology process, but then didn’t continue.

As you may recall, Reza Aslan’s Tablet & Pen “Middle Eastern” anthology, released in 2010, was criticized because it did not include Hebrew-writing authors.

The BDS movement site gives the argument in favor of a cultural boycott. There is also a Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott website. I couldn’t find a compelling anti-BDS website, but Wikipedia has gathered a number of links.