Book details

Publication date: October 2020
Features: 3 maps, 6 B&W photographs, foreword, introduction, chronology, notes, glossary, bibliography
Series: Women’s Voices from Gaza Series
Keywords: historiography, oral history, non-fiction, collective memories, culture, exile, traditional historical narrative, history from below, gender, generational experience, Middle East peace process, human rights, subaltern, people’s voices, margin, voiceless, hidden lives, identities, peripheral, Israel
Subject(s): BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Middle Eastern, historiography, oral history, non-fiction, collective memories, culture, exile, traditional historical narrative, history from below, gender, generational experience, Middle East peace process, human rights, subaltern, people’s voices, margin, voiceless, hidden lives, identities, peripheral, Israel, Oral History / Palestine / Women’s Studies, Biography, Gender studies: women & girls, Memoirs, Anthologies: general, Women's Studies
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press
Madeeha Hafez Albatta was a Palestinian woman who grew up in Gaza. The events of her life took her to several countries in the Middle East and to Canada. Barbara Bill lived and worked in Gaza for six years and currently resides in New South Wales, Australia. Ghada Ageel is a visiting professor of political science at the University of Alberta, a columnist for the Middle East Eye, and the editor of Apartheid in Palestine (UAlberta Press).

"What an extraordinary project! We don't hear enough from Gaza. Through the oral histories of Palestinian women who have lived, witnessed, and built lives and futures for their families and communities—in the face of devastating force and continuing injustices—we learn Palestinian History through the intimate daily ways individuals have lived and made it."

Lila Abu-Lughod, Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science, Columbia University


"Gaza City is one of the most ancient cultural centres on the Mediterranean, and its people have long been a backbone of the Palestinian national movement. How Gazan women describe their lives under continual siege and military attack reveals their capacity for bearing hardship and undertaking initiatives in the public sphere. Ghada Ageel, a Gazan, and Barbara Bill have ably used oral history to bring readers the lived reality of women of different backgrounds, ages, and occupations."

Rosemary Sayigh, anthropologist and oral historian

Contents
Preface ix
Foreword xv
Acknowledgements xxiii
Introduction xxv

A White Lie
1 / Childhood Days 3
2 / School Days 23
3 / Marriage 39
4 / Massacre 51
5 / Occupation 65
6 / Black September 87
7 / 1973 War 103
8 / Waiting for the Curtain to Rise 111

Chronology of Events in Palestine 129
Notes 149
Glossary 167
Bibliography 171

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