Culture and Customs of the Palestinians

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - Social Science - 160 pages
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The Palestinians have been at the center of Middle Eastern and world history for nearly a century. The core issues of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict are still the ones that emerged in 1948, after what Palestinians term "al-Nakba," the destruction of historical Palestine and the dispossession and expulsion of its people. At the center of this vortex of politics, diplomacy, oppression, resistance, and struggle are the Palestinians. The Palestinians are an ancient Arab people, with both Islamic and Christian adherents, and their traditional culture and present way of life under difficult conditions are greatly illuminated for students and general readers.

A clear historical overview of Palestine, the diaspora, and the conflict is provided, and the history colors the rest of the narrative, addressing crucial aspects of Palestinian society. Palestinians struggle to retain their traditions. Their modern social structure, values, social customs, and life, including education, in villages, refugee camps, and cities are covered. The importance of extended family and women's roles in a continuing patriarchy are also addressed. The famed Palestinian embroidery and typical food dishes are celebrated. Chapters on modern literature and the arts and cinema stress the artistic focus on the conflict with Israel. A helpful timeline, copious bibliography, and glossary round out the coverage.

 

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Le biografie presentate in questo libro sono pił penetranti di quelle, maggiormente documentate dal punto di vista dei dettagli, di Ḥamdī Sakkūt in "The Arabic novel: bibliography and critical introduction, 1865-1995"

Contents

Context and History
1
Society and Social Customs
23
Gender Marriage and Family
31
Traditional Dress and Cuisine
51
Religion and Religious Traditions
73
Literature
87
Art Performing Arts and Cinema
107
Appendix
125
Glossary
135
Bibliography
141
Index
153
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SAMIH K. FARSOUN is Dean of Academic Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences at the American University in Kuwait.

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