Margery Kempe in the Holy Land- c. 1438

Contributed by S. Suleiman on 09.06.2008:

[Margery Kempe, an English mystic, is on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and has just arrived in Jaffa. Her frequent crying has so irritated her fellow pilgrims that they abandon her whenever they can. Taken from chapters 28-30 of The Book of Margery Kempe. The following is in the original Middle English as transcribed on

The 'tempy(...)

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Preface from Folklore of the Holy Land 1907

Contributed by S. Suleiman on 06.06.2008:

MY aim in this preface being to afford the untravelled reader of the following stories such a glimpse of the country and people which produced them as may render them intelligible, if not coherent, I shall begin with a glance at the past history of the Holy Land as illustrated in its present folk-lore.

Of Old Testament times the fellahìn have countless stories, more or less reminiscent(...)

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El Khadr in Ein Karem and Hebron

Contributed by S. Suleiman on 02.06.2008:

The "former" rains having failed during the months of November and December 1906, prayers for rain were offered up in all places of worship, Moslem, Jewish, and Christian. About that time the following tales were circulated at Jerusalem. A woman who had just filled her pitcher, drop by drop, from a scanty spring near Ain Kârim was suddenly accosted by a horseman bearing a long lance, who orde(...)

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The Tale of the Pilgrim Cat

Contributed by S. Suleiman on 02.06.2008:

A town cat, having destroyed almost all the mice and rats in the place, found itself forced, for lack of prey, to go into the fields and hunt for birds, mice, rats and lizards. In this time of need it thought of the following ruse. It stayed away for some weeks from its usual haunts, and returning, lay down in front of a mouse and rat warren, with a rosary round its neck; then, with its eyes (...)

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How the Cat and the Dog Became Enemies

Contributed by S. Suleiman on 02.06.2008:

THE dog and the cat were not always the enemies we now see them. There was once strong friendship between them. Their hostility arose from the following incident

Ages ago when the different kinds of animals in the world had their various offices and duties assigned to them, the dog and the cat, though classed amongst domestic animals, were exempted from drudgery, the former for his fid(...)

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From Humble Beginnings… The East Jerusalem YMCA

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.05.2008:

By Michel W. Asfour

The East Jerusalem YMCA (EJ-YMCA) is known as the warm and friendly place for Palestinian sports and youth work in the West Bank. Many sports leaders, players, and sports fans often used to stop at the YMCA before or after visiting the holy places or their families and friends, when access to Jerusalem was permitted. Even with today’s reality, the YMCA remains Jerus(...)

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Palestinians in Britain

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 08.03.2008:

By Ghada Karmi

The British Palestinian community constitutes one of the most important of the Palestinian diaspora. This is not because of its size, which is not accurately known as we will see below, but because of its prominence in the professional, journalistic, and political fields; and also for the fact that several major Arabic-language newspapers, for which Palestinians write, a(...)

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Dreams of a Nation On Palestinian Cinema

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 24.01.2008:

Edited, with an introduction by Hamid Dabashi

Preface by Edward Said

Verso Books, USA, September 2006, 213 pages, $24.95

Over the last quarter-century, Palestinian cinema has emerged as a major artistic force on the global scene. Deeply rooted in the historic struggles for national self-determination, this cinema is the single most important artistic expression of a much-(...)

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Elia Suleiman, filmmaker

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 17.01.2008:

Writer-director Elia Suleiman is now referred to as Palestine’s first movie celebrity. His low-budget, darkly comic film Divine Intervention has won critical acclaim and brought audiences to their feet and took away many film festival trophies.

Suleiman was born in Nazareth in 1960. He left school when he was 16 years old because of the difficult conditions in Palestine back then. He m(...)

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Un-inventing the Bab al-Khalil tombs

Contributed by Jerusalem Quarterly on 11.01.2008:

Between the magic of legend and historical fact

Yusef Said al-Natsheh

Jerusalem Quarterly

Issue 22/23

This essay is part of an ongoing series of reviews of Jerusalem’s cemeteries.

The city of Jerusalem holds a prominent position in Islamic dogma and belief. While a thorough examination of the city’s standing is beyond the scope of this article, it is worth n(...)

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