Book details

Publication date: July 2021
Features: 3 maps, 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; human rights; Israel; catastrophe of dispossession; Nakba; women; women’s studies
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; human rights; Israel; catastrophe of dispossession; Nakba; women; women’s studies, Oral History / Palestine / Women’s Studies, Biography, Gender studies: women & girls, Memoirs, Gaza, Palestine, Oral history
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press
Sahbaa Al-Barbari is a native Palestinian who was born and grew up in Gaza City. After Israel occupied the Gaza Strip in 1967 Al-Barbari was exiled from her country, only returning to Gaza in 1996. 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). Barbara Bill lived and worked in Gaza for six years and currently resides in New South Wales, Australia.

"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

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