This Remarkable Collection Of Oral Histories From Six Palestinian Women, Three Mothers And Three Of Their Daughters, Affords An Unparalleled View Into The Daily Lives Of Women Who Have Lived, And Continue To Live, Through A Turbulent And Rapidly Changing Era In Recording These Stories, Michael Gorkin And Rafiqa Othman Have Preserved Each Woman S Distinctive Voice, Capturing In Vivid And Moving Detail A Broad Range Of Experience Everything From Recollections Of Native Villages To An Account Of Incarceration As A Political Prisoner Highly Personal Events Such As Courting, Marriage, And Childbirth Are Interwoven With Memories Of Upheavals Such As The Wars Of And The Women Speak With Surprising Candor About Conflicts Between Mothers And Daughters, Husbands And Wives, Men And Women, Arabs And Jews These Beautifully Written Narratives Bear Witness To The Power Of Palestinian Culture In Sustaining The Often Difficult Lives Of Women The Book Also Provides Brilliant Testimony To The Experience Of Living In The Midst Of The Arab Israeli ConflictMichael Gorkin, A Jewish American Psychologist Who Lives In Israel, And Rafiqa Othman, A Palestinian Special Education Teacher, Have Collected The Narratives From Different Cultural And Geographic Locations Within The Boundaries Of Historical Palestine Including East Jerusalem, A Refugee Camp On The West Bank, And An Arab Village Within Israel With Surprising Intimacy, The Mothers And Daughters Discuss Their Views About Sex, Marriage, And Child Rearing Ideas About Themselves And Their Relationship To God, Their Families, And Their Homeland And Questions Of Shame, Devotion, Freedom, And HonorIn The Preface, Introduction And Epilogue, Gorkin And Othman Frame The Stories And Describe The Project The Linked Stories Of Mothers And Daughters Attest To The Profound Changes That Have Occurred In The Lives Of Palestinian Women During This Century In The Areas Of Education, Work, Political Involvement And Personal Freedom In Addition To Delineating This Astonishing Historical And Cultural Transformation, The Stories Create Lasting Images Of The People These Women Have Loved And Hated, The Pleasures They Have Enjoyed, The Dangers They Have Survived, And The Hopes They Continue To Cherish Three different mothers Umm Mahmud, Umm Abdullah, Umm Khaled And their three daughters Marianne, Samira, and Lelia All three of the mothers are used to their typical life of arranged marriages and being a child of either thirteen or fourteen to the highest family This book illustrates the differences between generations and how over time Palestine as an entire entity has changed and there arebenefits for woman Still it is all about custom, which I never truly wanted to understand Wh Three different mothers Umm Mahmud, Umm Abdullah, Umm Khaled And their three daughters Marianne, Samira, and Lelia All three of the mothers are used to their typical life of arranged marriages and being a child of either thirteen or fourteen to the highest family This book illustrates the differences between generations and how over time Palestine as an entire entity has changed and there arebenefits for woman Still it is all about custom, which I never truly wanted to understand Why force a thirteen, even children younger around the age of six to be married Although in this encounter, all three of the women are around thirteen to sixteen, but there daughters as well have married around the same age I respect all different cultures, but that pull of differences between the right age and the fact that it happens, is astonishing Extremely eye opening to read about the Israeli Palestinian conflict from the perspective of those who are often portrayed as a the antagonists We don t often from a Western standpoint hear these stories told from Palestinian points of view due to allyship with Israel These women have been through the ringer and yet still have resolute ways of living and loving God A very inspiring and informative read I read this book because I wanted to learnabout the history and current conflict between Israel and Palestine It not only taught me a lot but it was very interesting the way each person s personal stories were interwoven Definitely recommend If you are looking for a book that talks about the emotional side of the Palestinian struggle, this might be the one you re looking for Feminism is addressed several times in the book, mentioning how time managed to liberate the three daughters or at least some of them , as opposed to their three mothers who were living in the onset of patriarchy in the Middle East. I didn t think I would enjoy this book but I found the stories of these women so interesting If one is interested in learning about the Palestinian women and what they have to go through this is the book for you. I thought this book was excellent I enjoyed the first person viewpoint of life in Israel for Palestinian women It was interesting to see the difference between the generatins and those who were educatedthan others It is truly a changing culture there.
- Three Mothers, Three Daughters: Palestinian Women's Stories
- Michael Gorkin
- 03 September 2018 Michael Gorkin