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Recommended Books and Articles for the Cultivated and Culturally Curious General Reader

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 31.03.2012:

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Thanks to the many scholars and others who have lived in and studied Artas, almost every aspect of the village has been studied. Here are a few recommendations for the general reader. More academic sources are provided in the entry entitled “Select Bibiography on Artas, supplied by Falestin Naili, Virtual Scholar in Residence of the Artas Folklore Center, whose own works take up quite a large portion of the list.

A good place to start is this recent article by Palestinian Anthropologist Ali Qleibo :”Artas, Hilma Granqvist and the Lettuce Festival, Portrait of a Palestinian Village” by Ali Qleibo. This Week in Palestine, Issue 192, April 2014″

Though scholarly, the books of Hilma Grandvist(see “Select Bibliography of Artas”) are written with an immediacy and vividness which can be enjoyed by the interested general reader.

Grace Crowfoot’s From Cedar to Hyssop> (see “Select Bibliography of Artas”) is delightful as is Abdel Latif al Baghruti’s Folktales from Artas.

To these we might add Celia Rothenburg’s Spirits of Palestine: Gender, Society, and Stories of the Jinn,Lexington Books 2004, especially interesting for how the pressures and inner conflicts caused by the Occupation affect spirit possession.

Divine Expectations: An American

Woman in 19th Century Palestine by Barbara Kreiger with Shalom Goldman (Ohio University Press offers a view of early British and American Christian efforts to support Jewish settlement in Palestine.

Artas is often mentioned in A View from Jerusalem 1849-1858,the Consular Diary of James and Elisabeth Anne Finn republished in 1980 with an introduction by Arnold Blumberg (Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press)

There are also glimspses of Artas in Folklore of the Holy Land by J. E. Hanauer originally published in 1907 as well in as Domestic Life in Palestine by Mary Eliza Rogers (Poe & Hitchcock, 1865)

Hint: In searching for Artas, don’t overlook variants, such as Urtas or Irtas. Various diacritics are often added as well.

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