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

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

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

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

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

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

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

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

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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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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El-Funoun: Dance as Resistance

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

March 2005

Celebrating 26 years of Creativity and Rootedness

El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe was established in 1979 with a mission to revive Palestinian music and dance folklore as a manifestation of national identity. Its early productions were the result of extensive research in Palestinian villages, preserving centuries-old songs and (...)

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The Greek Orthodox Community in the Holy Land

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The Greek Orthodox Community in the Holy Land

This Week in Palestine

January 2005

The Arabic speaking Greek Orthodox denomination is considered the most ancient and most widespread among Christians in this land. The roots of this community date back to the time of the early propagation of Christianity in the East by the apostles. It was the first church to regulate mass(...)

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New Developments in Palestinian Art

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

New Developments in Palestinian Art

By Basil Ayish

This Week in Palestine

January 2005

Palestinian culture, that common thread which is distinctly Palestinian and ties Akka to Gaza to Jericho and everywhere else in between, has many forms. It is the maftoul, mansaf, msakhan, mjudarrah and karshat [popular Palestinian dishes] that we eat. It is the embroidered tho(...)

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Debate about history, 16-2-2006, between Finkelstein and Ben Ami

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

Norman Finkelstein & Former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami Debate: Complete Transcript

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(Received through Sam Bahour's e-newsletter)

AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to one of the longest running and most bitter conflicts in modern history: Israel and the Palestinians. Well over a decade has passed since the historic Oslo Accords that brought hopes (...)

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Sugar story (Juha, the famous Arab comical hero)

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 18.02.2006:

Juha, a famous Arab rascal, is known for his wisdom but also his practical jokes. The neighbours did not like his outrageous behaviour, and seduced him to join a journey to a lonely area at the sea shore. There they threatened to drown him if he did not swear a solemn oath to stop his naughty behaviour and to eat "salt" with them. But because he already had an agreement with the Jinn (spirits(...)

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