Rachel Weeping, by Fred Strickert

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 07.12.2007:

Jews, Christians, and Muslims at the Fortress Tomb

By Fred Strickert

Liturgical Press, USA, 2007, 170 pages, $18.95

By Fred Strickert

Liturgical Press, USA, 2007, 170 pages, $18.95

Rachel’s story is one of the great dramas of the Old Testament. It begins with a passionate love story - the shepherdess meets Jacob at the well, and he is moved to weep and kiss (...)

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Landscape of Hope and Despair: Palestinian Refugee Camps Julie Peteet

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.11.2007:

Advocacy and Space in Ethnographic Writing

Elena Qleibo


Institute of Jerusalem Studies

Jerusalem Quaterly

Summer 2006

Landscape of Hope and Despair: Palestinian Refugee Camps Julie Peteet, University of Pennsylvania Press Philadelphia, 2005, 260 pages Burj il-Barajneh Refuge(...)

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The Scar of David by Susan Abulhawa

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 08.11.2007:

Susan Abulhawa, author of “The Scar of David,” has won the 2007 award for Historic Fiction in this year's National Best Book Awards.

A Dutch edition of her book was released with a presale of 10,000 copies.

www.Scar Of

The Scar of David is historical fiction about a Palestinian family from the village of Ein Hod, which was emptied of its inhabitants by the newly(...)

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One Hundred Ways for Peace from Palestine by Samih Abu Zakieh

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 02.11.2007:

By Samih Abu Zakieh

Les éditions de la Pleine Lune, Quebec, Canada, 2007, 208 pages, $20

The dove of peace - a worldwide symbol first made famous by Pablo Picasso - has passed into the capable hands of Samih Abu Zakieh, an artist and teacher who keeps hope alive in hell. Director of the Palestinian Child Arts Centre in Hebron for 15 years, Abu Zakieh is one of the rare community(...)

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Notes on a Vanishing Landscape, by Raja Shehadeh

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 31.08.2007:

Profile Books, UK, August 2007, 211 pages, £10.99

I could sit on this rock and look at the wide valley of Wadi El ‘qda (‘the knot’) and the open hillside opposite… in between the stones there was a shiny, almost wispy layer of grass embossed with droplets of water that glistened in the sun. The lichen-covered rocks made the trickling water look black. The afternoon sun cast long shadow(...)

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Once Upon A Country: A Palestinian Life

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.07.2007:

By Sari Nusseibeh

with Anthony David

Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, New York, 2007, 560 pages, $27.50.

Once Upon a Country is as remarkable a book about the Middle East as has been published in recent years. The story of one man’s life in the region, it is also the richest and most sympathetic account to date of the modern Palestinian outlook - a work of rare depth, compas(...)

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The Iron Cage, Rashid Khalidi

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.06.2007:

The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood

By Rashid Khalidi

Beacon Press, Boston, 2006, 281 pages, $24.95

At a time when a lasting peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis seems virtually unattainable, understanding the roots of their conflict is an essential step in restoring hope to the region. In The Iron Cage, Rashid Khalidi, one of the most respected(...)

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Embroidery from Palestine

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 20.03.2007:

Shelagh Weir

This book focuses on the spectacular embroidery that flourished in rural Palestine in the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth. During this period Arab village women embellished their ceremonial costumes with a variety of materials and techniques: lustrous silk floss embroidery, intricate cord couching, and taffeta and satin patchwork. Embroidery styles v(...)

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Samih al-Qasim: Sadder than Water (poetry)

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 09.12.2006:


By Samih Al-Qasim

Translated from the Arabic by Nazih Kassis

Introduced by Adina Hoffman

Ibis Editions, Jerusalem, 2006, 224 pages, $15.95

One of the foremost Palestinian poets and a major figure in the Arab world, Samih Al-Qasim was born in 1939, in Zarqa, Jordan, to a Palestinian Druze family from the Galilee. He(...)

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Ottoman Jerusalem – The Living City: 1517-1917

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 29.08.2006:

Edited by Sylvia Auld and Robert Hillenbrand

Altajir World of Islam Trust, London, 2000, 1168 pages

This is not a book to be thrown into one’s backpack for reading while sun-tanning on the beach or lazying on the lawn in the garden. This is a serious publication that is too heavy to be carried around. The two-part tome makes for an invaluable reference book on Jerusalem, its his(...)

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