Three Mothers, Three Daughters: Palestinian Women's Stories / Edition 1

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Three Mothers, Three Daughters: Palestinian Women's Stories is the product of an unusual collaboration. Michael Gorkin is a Jewish-American psychologist and Rafiqa Othman is a Palestinian special education teacher. Both live and work in the Jerusalem area. Together they have produced this remarkably intimate portrait of Palestinian women. As the title suggests, three mother-daughter pairs are represented in this study. One pair comes from East Jerusalem, another from a refugee camp in the West Bank near Bethlehem, and another from an Arab village within Israel. In poignant detail each woman relates her unique story, and in the end these six individual voices tell us a great deal about the turbulent history of the Palestinian-Israeli relationship. Recollections of highly personal events like courting, marriage, and childbirth are interwoven with memories of upheavals such as the wars of 1948 and 1967, all of which have deeply affected these women, albeit in different ways. The linked stories of mothers and daughters make it clear that profound changes have occurred in the lives of Palestinian women during this century - in the areas of education, work, political involvement, and personal freedom. And yet each woman makes evident, whether in anger or resignation, that none of these changes have come easily.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Gorkin (Days of Honey, Days of Onion, Univ. of California, 1993), a Jewish American psychologist living in Israel, and Othman, a Palestinian special education teacher, have teamed up to capture, through numerous interviews with women of different generations, candid and valuable accounts of the ways Palestinian Arab women see themselves and their roles relative to a changing yet still conservative society. The authors chose three mother- daughter couples from geographically diverse areas: a refugee camp on the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and an Israeli Arab village. Through these oral narratives, the reader come to see generational changes at play especially in the areas of education, choice of spouse and marriage, and employment. These women tell their stories in the first person in a spontaneous, vividly narrative that is not low on emotions and nostalgia. This book serves as a starting point for the understanding of an often-forgotten element in political and historical accounts of a tumultuous Middle East. Suitable for academic and women's studies collections.Ali Houissa, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, N.Y.
School Library Journal
YA-Interviews with six women from three different Palestinian Moslem communities in the Middle East. Gorkin, a Jewish American, collaborated with Othman, a Palestinian special-education teacher, in securing consent and conducting interviews with the women, who live in East Jerusalem, the village of Abu Ghosh in Israel, and the refugee camp of Aida in the West Bank. Gorkin and Othman narrowed their selection to include only Moslem women. The first-person narratives include a variety of topics and present informative insights into the life of the older generation as well as that of the current generation. Major changes in attitudes toward education, marriage, and employment are obvious in these oral histories. Views on courtship, the family, politics, religion, and daily life can also be gleaned. In schools where there is a Middle Eastern Studies curriculum, this book will be a valuable asset. In high schools where there is a significant Arab community, it is a necessity.-Dottie Kraft, formerly at Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892746450
  • Publisher: Other Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Cultural Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 919,079
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Gorkin is a clinical psychologist and author of Days of Honey, Days of Onion: The Story of a Palestinian Family (California, 1991). Rafiqa Othman is a teacher and supervisor at the David Yellin Teacher's College in Jerusalem.

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Table of Contents

Map of Israel
Introduction 1
Umm Mahmud and Marianne (East Jerusalem) 13
Umm Abdullah and Samira (Camp Aida) 83
Umm Khaled and Leila (Village of Abu Ghosh) 157
Epilogue 221
Chronology 229
Glossary 233
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