People

Amani Al-Hissi The Vision of a Blind Woman

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This Week in Palestine

April 2005

Amani Al-Hissi, a 25-year-old blind Palestinian woman from the poor refugee camp of Al-Shati (“The Beach”) in Gaza, studies Arabic literature, plays music, works as a radio presenter and depends on “help yourself” as her strategy for managing the details of her own life. Al-Hissi was shot by an Israeli soldier when she was six years old. One we(...)

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The Old Ladies of Nazareth

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March 2005

By Naim Attallah Quartet Books, London, 2004,

This is a lyrical tale of powerful simplicity, which reads like a fable. It is the moving story of two wonderful old ladies who lived in the Holy Land, in the biblical small town of Nazareth in the 1940s. Wardeh and Jamileh are sisters – one is a widow, the other a spinster. They live frugally(...)

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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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Hanna Musleh

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November 2005

A passionate Palestinian filmmaker and educator, one would think that a man like Hanna W. Musleh, who has accomplished so much, would not be so humble. But Musleh is one who embodies this modesty: his tone of voice is low, his demeanour serene, his shyness dignified and his friendliness noble.

Musleh was born in 1954 in Beit Jala to Wa(...)

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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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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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The Islamic Museum

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October 2005

The Islamic museum was founded in 1922 by the Higher Islamic Council in Palestine. When Jordanian rule prevailed over the West Bank in the late 1940s, responsibility for the museum passed to the Jordanian government, which still administers it to this day. In 1929 the museum moved to its present location on the southwestern side of the Al-Aqsa(...)

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