Mountain Against the Sea: Essays on Palestinian Society and Culture (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, 2008 - History - 256 pages
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This groundbreaking book on modern Palestinian culture goes beyond the usual focal point of the 1948 war to address the earlier, formative years. Drawing on previously unavailable biographies of Palestinians (including Palestinian Jews), Salim Tamari offers eleven vignettes of Palestine's cultural life in the momentous first half of the twentieth century. He brings to light the memoirs, diaries, letters, and other writings of six Jerusalem intellectuals whose lives spanned (and defined) the period of 1918-1948: a musician, a teacher, a former aristocrat, a doctor, a Bolshevik revolutionary, and a Jewish novelist. These essays present an integrated cultural history that illuminates a watershed in the modern social history of the Arab East, the formulation of the Arab Enlightenment.
  

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Contents

Palestines Conflictual Modernity
1
2 The Mountain against the Sea? Cultural Wars of the Eastern Mediterranean
22
Small Towns and Social Control
36
4 Bourgeois Nostalgia and the Abandoned City
56
The Jawhariyyeh Memoirs as a Key to Jerusalems Early Modernity
71
The Nativist Ethnography of Tawfiq Canaan and His Circle
93
The Origins of Romantic Love in Palestine
113
8 The Last Feudal Lord
133
9 Ishaq Shami and the Predicament of the Arab Jew in Palestine
150
10 The Enigmatic Bolshevik from the Holy City
167
11 The Vagabond Café and Jerusalems Prince of Idleness
176
Notes
191
Bibliography
215
Index
223
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About the author (2008)

Salim Tamari is Professor of Sociology at Birzeit University, Palestine and Director of the Institute of Jerusalem Studies.

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