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Encyclopedia > Palestinian culture
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Palestinian culture is most closely related to the cultures of the nearby Levantine countries such as Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan and of the Arab World. It includes unique literature, music, and cuisine. The culture of the Palestinian people has also flourished in the Palestinian diaspora. Image File history File links Flag_of_Palestine. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Palestine. ... The Levant Levant is an imprecise geographical term historically referring to a large area in the Middle East south of the Taurus Mountains, bounded by the Mediterranean Sea on the west, and by the northern Arabian Desert and Upper Mesopotamia to the east. ... The Arab world ( العالم العربي Al-Alam Al-Arabi) consists of twenty-two countries stretching from Mauritania in the west to Oman in the east. ... Old book bindings at the Merton College library. ... Music is an art, entertainment, or other human activity that involves organized and audible sounds and silence. ... A cuisine (from French cuisine, meaning cooking; culinary art; kitchen; itself from Latin coquina, meaning the same; itself from the Latin verb coquere, meaning to cook) is a specific set of cooking traditions and practices, often associated with a place of origin. ... The Palestinian exodus (Arabic: الهجرة الفلسطينية al-Hijra al-Filasteeniya) refers to the refugee flight of Palestinian Arabs during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. ...

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Palestinian Music

Palestinian music is well-known and respected throughout the Arab world. The shared Palestinian identity first arose during the period after 1948, and a new wave of performers emerged with distinctively Palestinian themes, relating to the dreams of statehood and the burgeoning nationalist sentiment. The Israeli government exerted considerable control over Palestinian music recordings, and many of the most popular cassettes had to be distributed through the black market.[citation needed] In weddings, Palestinians dance the dabke: a complex dance formed by linked groups of dancers.My Zib. In the areas now controlled by Israel and Palestinian National Authority, multiple ethnic groups, races and religions have long held on to a diverse culture. ... Dabke (also transliterated from the Arabic as debke and dabkeh) is the traditional folk dance of the Levant, going back generations, and is also the national dance of Lebanon. ...

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Language

Palestinian Arabic is a Levantine Arabic dialect subgroup spoken by Palestinian Arabs. Palestinian rural dialects exhibit several distinctive features (particularly the pronunciation of qaf as kaf) which distinguish them from other Arabic varieties, but Palestinian urban dialects more closely resemble northern Levantine dialects, i.e., those of Syria and Lebanon. Domari is an Indo-Aryan language closely related to Romani, Rajasthani and eastern Punjabi. It is spoken by the Dom people across the Middle East. Palestinian Arabic is a Levantine Arabic dialect subgroup. ... Levantine Arabic is a group of Arabic dialects spoken in the 100 km-wide eastern-Mediterranean coastal strip, i. ... The Palestinian flag, adopted in 1948, is a widely recognized modern symbol of the Palestinian people. ... Domari is an Indo-Aryan language closely related to Romani, Rajasthani and eastern Punjabi. ...

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Palestinian cuisine

pizza/ bread stuff

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Palestinian literature

Many Palestinian writers write about the common theme of a strong affection for a lost homeland. The poet Mahmoud Darwish uses a simple style for strong and effective expressions and intense feelings, while Ghassan Kanafani was noted for his short stories. Mahmoud Darwish is a contemporary Palestinian poet, internationally recognized for his poetry, focused on the strong affection for a lost homeland. ... Ghassan Kanafani (born 1936 in Acre, Palestine - died July 8, 1972 in Beirut at age 36) was a Palestinian writer and political activist for Palestinian liberation. ...

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Palestinian intellectuals

The literary critic Edward Said (who, according to Columbia News of Columbia University), was "one of the most influential scholars in the world," and "was undoubtedly one of the greatest minds of the 20th century") wrote about Orientalism and taught at Columbia University. Ismail al-Faruqi was widely recognized as an authority on Islam and comparative religions.[citation needed] Edward Said Edward Wadie Said (November 1, 1935 – September 25, 2003; Arabic: ) was a well-known Palestinian American literary theorist, critic, and outspoken pro-Palestinian activist. ... Columbia University is a private university whose main campus lies in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City. ... Orientalism is the study of Near and Far Eastern societies and cultures, languages and peoples by Western scholars. ... Columbia University is a private university whose main campus lies in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City. ... Ismail Raji Al-Faruqi Ismail Raji al-Faruqi (January 1, 1921 – May 27, 1986), is a renowned Palestinian-American philosopher who is widely recognized by his peers as an authority on Islam and comparative religion. ... For other uses, including people named Islam, see Islam (disambiguation). ...


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The Peace Encyclopedia: Palestinians (4165 words)
The adoption of a Palestinian identity by the Arabs of Palestine is a recent phenomenon.
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Expulsion of the Palestinians: The Concept of ‘Transfer’ in Zionist Political Thought, 1882-1948 (Washington, DC: Institute for Palestine Studies, 1992).
All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948 (Washington, DC: Institute for Palestine Studies, 1992).
Palestinian Citizens in an Ethnic Jewish State (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997).
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