Women, Water and Memory: Recasting Lives in Palestine
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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The Women and Their Stories
PART ONE ABOUT MUSHARAFAH
Chapter One Musharafah
Chapter Two PalestineA Contested Site
PART TWO LIFE WORLDS
Chapter Three Women Water and Memory
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