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Palestinian Women: Narrative histories and gendered memory

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Palestinian Women is the first book to examine and document the experiences and the historical narrative of ordinary Palestinian women who witnessed the events of 1948 and became involuntary citizens of the State of Israel. Told in their own words, the women's experiences serve as a window for examining the complex intersections of gender, nationalism and citizenship in a ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Zed Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Andrew
This book is a series of accounts by Palestinian women who lived through the ‘Nakba’ of 1948, in which they lost their homes and were either forced to leave the newly-formed state of Israel or were internally displaced within it.

Except that it’s not. Not really. We don’t really hear much from the women themselves – only short quotes in certain places, to illustrate a particular point. We don’t get to know each woman clearly enough to feel the full power of her story from start to finish.

For a lo
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Emma Thompson
I'm sorry to say this book was a great disapointment to me. When it arrived I was excited about it, I expected real world naratives of Palestinian women and when it arrived my mother said it sounded interesting and asked if she could borrow it when I was done. A week into reading it I warned her she woldn't want to bother.

It is, in essence, an accadmic work that someone has seen fit to publish. The entire thing is written in the extremely exclusionary terms of accademia, I had trouble with some
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Sofia
This is an excellent book. The research and the story leading to it are fascinating and insightful. It felt a privilege to read the stories of the women interviewed and yet I didn't feel I got enough of them. I liked the author's analysis but at times found it difficult/clumsy. I'm putting that down to losses in translation. Perhaps analogies of Palestine as a meek bride and Israel as an aggressive groom work better in Arabic/Hebrew, in English it felt distasteful. But language aside, the resear ...more
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