Christmas in Bethlehem

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 18.11.2006:

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Christmas celebrations in the Manger Square.

The year's highlight in Bethlehem is Christmas. There are actually three celebrations: the Western observance occurs on December 25, according to the Gregorian calendar; the orthodox is celebrated on January 6, according to the older Julian calendar; and finally the(...)

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Mar Saba

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 17.11.2006:

General view of the 6th-century monastery of Mar Saba.

The road to the monastery of Mar Saba is bumpy but negotiable. There is nothing to relieve the monastery, except the occasional herds of goats, and while driving in this utter wilderness one has the irresistible f(...)

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Wasatiah: A Driving Principle of Islam

Contributed by Mohammed Dajani Daoudi on 07.11.2006:


By Professor Mohammed S. Dajani [1]

This essay is part of a dialogue that has started a long time ago between two civilizations - between the civilization based on the Bible and the Torah and between the civilization based on the Koran.

Fundamental Christianity versus fundamental Islam .

"Fundamentalism" is a word th(...)

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Chaldean Street

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.10.2006:

By Leyla Zuaiter

So narrow is Chaldean Street that most passers-by, preoccupied with their business at the Nablus Road Ministry of Interior a few meters away, probably miss it. Those few with the interest and patience to decipher the dust-caked street sign are unlikel(...)

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Tel Dothan (Jenin)

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 26.09.2006:

Tel Dothan (Dothan mount) lies to the east of the Nablus-Jenin road, overlooking the Arrabeh plain on the east, one of the most fertile lands in Palestine. It is considered by historians to be the site of a city, particularly due to the regular water source there mentioned in Aramic sources as one of the sites that the Aramians took over. In Greek and Roman sources it is referred to as Dothia(...)

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Ramadan Kareem, Merry Christmas

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 17.09.2006:

Dr. Ali Qleibo *

Ramadan Kareem, "Ramadan is generous." For generosity is characteristic of the month of Ramadan. Ramadan Kareem is a salutation with which Moslems greet each other during the month of fasting. The answer is Allahu Akram, "God is more generous." This idiomatic exchange forms the main mode of welcome and polite conduct should a guest drop by during the hours of the day.(...)

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Eid El-Fitr or the “Feast of Fast-Breaking”

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.08.2006:

During the whole month of Ramadan, Muslims spend daylight hours in fasting and the nights in prayer, as they firmly believe that their sins are forgiven during this holy month in general, and on Laylatul Qader which occurs on the 27th day of Ramadan, in particular. Laylatul Qader marks the revelation of the first verses of the Holy Qur’an to the Prophet Mohammad. On the eve of the 27th, the (...)

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The Story of Saint Barbara

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.08.2006:

With the destruction of the remains of the shrine of Saint Barbara in Aboud, the last vestiges of this legendary figure in the Holy Land have been destroyed. But many people in Palestine do not know the feast known as Eid El-Burbara, celebrated on December 16th every year, is actually the feast of Saint Barbara.

Traditionally, a sweet pudding-like dish known as burbara is prepared by (...)

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Church of The Holy Sepulchre

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 18.07.2006:

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Entrance to the Church of The Holy Sepulchre

The only means of entering the church of the Holy Sepulchre is by a door leading out of an open court of the south, and this is never opened except by one of the members of the Moslem family who have possession of the keys, which however they are not allowed to use without the authority of the(...)

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Monasteries in the Palestinian desert

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 27.06.2006:


In the course of the following centuries [fourth and fifth centuries) Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land became a well-defined practice, and a number of favored holy places and associated itineraries became accepted and encouraged by the church. Those pilgrims, who, like Jerome, chose to stay, faced another, more principled question: what was the right way of living in t(...)

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