Women, Water and Memory: Recasting Lives in Palestine

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BRILL, 2009 - History - 173 pages
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This book tells a different story about water. Against the backdrop of the end of the Ottoman Empire to Palestinian uprisings, old Palestinian women recount life before and after piped water. While talking about fetching and managing household water women talked about being women. "Women, Water and Memory" speaks of many different lives. We will hear stories like the one where women talked about their own strength and beauty, or about the woman who married a man whose ugly face made her sick. While one woman married the man "she cared for," another one was relieved that her husband died when she was too old to be forced to remarry. We learn about the joy they feel each time they dance at a wedding; the sheer satisfaction of lighting a cigarette; of the loyalty and shared despair towards families with members in prison, of the tears of sorrow with each death and the delight with each birth.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Women and Their Stories
11
PART ONE ABOUT MUSHARAFAH
35
Chapter One Musharafah
37
Chapter Two PalestineA Contested Site
57
PART TWO LIFE WORLDS
67
Chapter Three Women Water and Memory
69
Chapter Four Being in the World
105
Chapter Five Women and Places Outside
125
Chapter Six Telling Stories
139
Conclusion and Further Reflections
151
Bibliography
163
Index
169
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Nefissa Naguib, Ph.D. (2003), is associate professor in anthropology and development studies at Oslo University College and is currently working on the research project Global Moments in the Levant, based at the University of Bergen and financed by the Norwegian Research Council. She is co-editor, with I.M. Okkenhaug, of Interpreting Welfare and Relief in the Middle East (Brill, 2007) and has written extensively on women, armed conflict, and minorities and the politics of memory. At present, she is editing a book on the evolvement, journey and impact of cuisine(s) from the Nile Valley to the Indus.

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