Culture and Customs of the Palestinians

Culture and Customs of the Palestinians

Book - 2004
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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.
This crucial volume provides a much-needed window on Palestinian culture and way of life as the Arab-Israeli conflict rages.

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Farsoun (American U., Kuwait) provides a general overview for students and general readers of the culture and customs of the Palestinians, set in the historical context of their defining experience--al-Nakba, Arabic for "catastrophe," the word they use to identify and describe the traumatic experience of the destruction of their society in 1948 and the dispossession and expulsion of most of its people as stateless refugees. Coverage includes an historical overview of Palestine and the Palestinians; society and customs; gender, marriage, and family; traditional dress and cuisine; religion and religious customs; literature; and visual and performing arts, and cinema. The text is supplemented with a chronology and glossary. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Surveys the history of Palestine, and examines current customs in cuisine, music and dance, art, literature, and the media.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780313320514
Characteristics: xxvii, 160 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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