Through the problem of interpretation that faces historians.
my investigation, I was able to use a variety of research methods, therefore, I
experienced a couple of the obstacles that face historians. Initially, through
the use of primary sources, such as the speeches given by Gamal Abdel Nasser to
the Egyptian National Assembly and Anwar Sadat to the Knesset in Israel, I came
to value the struggle of gaining accurate historical knowledge. Although
primary sources are beneficial to the investigation and they bring us closer to
the past, it is crucial for us to understand the bigger picture of each source
and its time of occurrence in order to identify the source’s importance and
accuracy. I faced this challenge when I examined Gamal Abdel Nasser’s speech,
as it included one-sided arguments, such as claims regarding European
disrespect towards Arabs and Arabic values and by identifying his enemies and
their friends in one big group which he calls his foes.
of 1967 and Gamal Abdel Nasser are topics well investigated, therefore, helping
me find adequate amount of sources to allow my investigation not to stumble
upon missing information or historical analysis. However, the fact that Gamal
Abdel Nasser is Arab and fought, along other Arabs, Israel makes the topic much
polarized. Most of the historical information or analysis is one-sided, either
supporting the Arabs or Israelis. Throughout the investigation, I questioned
the extent to which a historian can build an objective history, free of emotion
or political and ethnic affiliations. Historians are constantly challenged to
select sources which best explain the period. I was aware of this in my own
investigation and selected facts which seemed to create a reasonable picture of
the Abdel Nasser, his pan-Arabism ideals and the war of 1967.
constructing an argument from a wide range of sources and facts, I was faced
with the problem of interpretation that faces historians. As I mentioned above,
examinations of the war of 1967 and the ideals Abdel Nasser stood for are
dominated by either Arabs or Israelis supporters, posing an obstacle in
choosing neutral sources. Therefore, that encourages historians to look at
historical facts from different perspectives and try to attach all perspectives
into one bigger picture.