Culture

Nebi Rubeen The wedding of sweet water and salt water

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December 2005

By Dr. Salim Tamari The Institute of Jerusalem Stu

The celebration of the festival of the prophet Rubeen (Reuven) along the southern shores of Jaffa has had a rich cultural history. Nebi Rubeen was one of two major celebrations (the other one being Nabi Musa) initiated in the twelfth century by Salah Eddin Al-Ayyubi and his lieutenants(...)

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El-Khader: A National Palestinian Symbol

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December 2005

By Dr. Ali Qleibo

Saints' shrines and holy men's memorial domes (maqam) dot the Palestinian landscape – an architectural testimony to Christian/Moslem Palestinian mysticism and its roots in Canaanite spirituality.

The holy site may be a modest square room with a melancholy dome crouching in the shadow of an ancient oak tree perc(...)

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The Sanctuary of Nabi Musa

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December 2005

By Emma Boltanski

Since the Middle Ages, each year in April, the Moslems of Palestine celebrate the mawsim of Nabi Musa (pilgrimage of the prophet Moses). To reach the sanctuary, it is necessary to leave the principal axis connecting Jerusalem to Jericho and to get on a narrow, sinuous road that runs between the sand dunes. With the tu(...)

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Eid Al-Fitr

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November 2005

By Mike Odetalla

With the approach of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan and its fasting, I am reminded of the holidays and celebrations of my childhood in Palestine; of how eagerly we awaited the Eid, its festivities and rituals. The nights of Ramadan leading up to the Eid were spent at the mosque in prayer and reading (...)

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The Qur’an Manuscripts in the Al-Haram Al-Sharif Islamic Museum, Jerusalem

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October 2005

By Khader Salameh

Garnet Publishing, UK, and UNESCO Publishing, France, 2001, 206 pages.

This large format, hardcover book includes illustrations of the unique collection of the Qur'an manuscripts of Al-Haram Al-Sharif which were donated or endowed to the Holy Mosque by devout individuals and famous rulers from different parts of(...)

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Wadi Muqlaq Monk caves, eternal silence and a taste of the Grand Canyon

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October 2006

By Johannes Zang

Telling my Palestinian friends we want to hike in Wadi Muqlaq, Muqleq or Muqalliq, they shrugged their shoulders since they had never heard of this wadi. They were quite surprised to learn that it was very close to Wadi Qilt; in fact parallel to it.

You drive down from Jerusalem towards Jericho and just opposite (...)

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The Palestinian Olive Oil Industry

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October 2005

By Basem Khoury

The olive tree is unique in this region for its longevity and its ability to continue to bear fruits for thousands of years. Some Palestinian fruit-bearing trees have been producing from the times of Jesus, the Empress Helena, Omar Ben Al-Khatab, Salah Eddin and Napoleon Bonaparte. These ancient olive groves have provide(...)

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Ramadan: The Holy Month of Mercy and Forgiveness

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October 2005

By Dr. Aziz Khalil

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. During this month Muslims are commanded to fast, meaning abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures. The Almighty says (2:183): "O You who believe, fasting is decreed for you as it was decreed for those before you so that you may attain self-restraint(...)

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Protecting Historic Town and Village Centres

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By Farhat Muhawi

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October 2005

There are more than 422 historic centres found in cities, towns and villages in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Those historic centres, and according to Riwaq's Registry of Historic Buildings in Palestine, contain approximately 50,230 historic buildings. The preparation of protection and development plans for this hug(...)

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Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites in Palestine

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October 2005

By Dr. Hamdan Taha and Ahmed Rjoob

Following the events of April 2002 in Palestine, especially the prolonged siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the destruction of significant historical buildings in the old core of the city of Nablus during the Israeli incursions, the World Heritage Committee, at its 26th session in Bu(...)

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