Popular and Fusion Music

Contributed by Turathuna Bethlehem University on 03.10.2006:

As the day-to-day experiences of Palestinians became more involved in the politics of resistance, so changed the musical output of the people. Artists began to sing about the day-to-day hardships of life under occupation and the dream of statehood. In the aftermath of the 1967 tragedy, a young Palestinian oud player and composer by the name of Mustafa al-Kurd inflamed peoples' (...)

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Lepers, Lunatics and Saints

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 02.10.2006:

Jerusalem Quarterly File

issue 20, published in Winter 2004

The Nativist Ethnography of Tawfiq Canaan and his Jerusalem Circle

by Salim Tamari

The separation of Arab and Jewish lepers in the Talbieh Leprosarium, during the war of 1948, marked one of those defining moments in the annals of Jerusalem and the Arab-Israeli conflict. It signalled a turning point (...)

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Reem Kelani: Telling the Palestinian narrative through song

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 02.10.2006:

Susannah Tarbush, The Electronic Intifada, 11 July 2006

The debut CD of Palestinian singer Reem Kelani - "Sprinting Gazelle: Palestinian Songs from the Motherland and the Diaspora" - is a major contribution from this remarkable singer, musical researcher and broadcaster towards reviving and spreading Palestinian culture.

In the weeks since "Sprinting Gazelle" was released in the(...)

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Mahmoud Darwish, poet

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 14.09.2006:

"I am not mine" Mahmoud Darwish: The Expropriated Poet

Serene Huleileh*

To a reader: Do not trust the poem -

The daughter of absence

It is neither intuition nor is it


But rather, the sense of the abyss…


Born exactly 61 years ago last month in Al Birweh, a quaint village in the Galilee, Mahmoud Darwish went on (...)

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Wasif Jawhariyyeh: diary book

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.06.2006:

A Colourful Personality of a Bygone Era

The recent publication of the Jawhariyyeh memoirs on Ottoman Jerusalem is an occasion to highlight the life of an eccentric and profoundly original citizen of the Holy City. Wasif Jawhariyyeh (1898-1972) was one of Jerusalem's most illustrious citizens: composer, oud player, poet, and chronicler. Jawhariyyeh's memoirs span a period of sixty year(...)

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Mahmoud Darwish

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 11.06.2006:

"Home Cannot Erase Exile"

By Rana Anani and Al-Quds and Al-Ayyaam newspapers

Mahmoud Darwish, the father of Palestinian poetry, was born in 1942 in Barwa, a village in the Galilee that was demolished by the Israelis in the aftermath of the War of 1948. After a period as editor and translator of Rakah, the Israeli communist newspaper, he was imprisoned several times by the Israel(...)

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Artas and the Song of Songs

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 16.05.2006:

Like in the Bible, traditional Palestinian peasant life took its wisdom from connecting the human universe with the flora and fauna of the land. The body, relationships, and human virtues and vices were given meaning through the prism of the surrounding nature.

For instance, of a house full of children it was said:

"The house is full like the pomegranate."

Peasant society(...)

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The sultan and his wazir

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

Once the Sultan had a quarrel with his wazir. The Sultan thought that both rich and poor could be generous. The wazir denied this and said that by their very nature only the rich were willing to help others. They made a bet.

The Sultan disguised himself as a common man. Together with a darwish he travelled the countryside. When he saw the house of a poor man, he knocked at the door. Th(...)

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Of Memory and Magic, Missionaries and Museums:more than meets the “eye” in Artas

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 25.02.2006:

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The magic of Artas begins soon after you leave Hebron Road a couple of kilometers south of Bethlehem. If the wind is just right, you can hear the clatter of hoofs and rumbling of chariots as Solomon comes into the Enclosed Garden to dally with the beloved of his Song of Songs. Cock your ear and you will hear the bark of a Tu(...)

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Palestine & Palestinians Guidebook

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

August 2005

English translation by Carol Scheller-Doyle and Walid Shomali

Edited by Angela Godfrey and Jawad Musleh

Alternative Tourism Group, Ramallah, 2005, 443 pages.

Palestine & Palestinians is a comprehensive guidebook to what remains of Palestine both within Israel and within the currently occupied Palestinian territories. Av(...)

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