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A young Palestinian's diary, 1941-1945 : the life of Sāmī 'Amr /
translated, annotated, and with an introduction by Kimberly Katz ; foreword by Salim Tamari.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2009.
description
xxiv, 179 p.
ISBN
0292719310 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780292719316 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2009.
isbn
0292719310 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780292719316 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Foreword: Away from Dūrā (or Life in the margins) / by Salim Tamari -- pt. 1. History and historiography of the diary -- The diarist and his times -- Historiography and themes of the diary -- Conclusion: To write or not to write -- pt. 2. Translation of the diary of Sāmī ʻAmr -- Appendix 1: Genealogy of the ʻAmr family -- Appendix 2: People mentioned in the diary.
general note
Title in Arabic: Mudhakkirātī fī hādhahi al-ḥayāt : macrikat al-ḥayāt (My memoirs of this life : the battle of life).
catalogue key
6866340
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Kimberly Katz is Associate Professor of Middle East History at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She is also the author of Jordanian Jerusalem: Holy Places and National Spaces.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2010-05-01:
This book is based on the 1941-45 diary (subtitled The Battle of Life) written by S~m 'Amr in Palestine while he was in his teens and early twenties. Middle Eastern historian Katz (Towson Univ.) translated the work from handwritten Arabic and annotated it. The diarist is from the city of Hebron, and the historical context is the British Mandate in Palestine (1920-48) and the Zionist colonization of the territory. The diary itself (a complex literary form) is half of the volume, the other half being Katz's useful introduction, which could stand alone as a piece of scholarship. The text and the discussion add to understanding the life of a young non-elite Palestinian man during this period and his insights on colonial modernity. As a subaltern narrative, the diary contrasts with the works of the Palestinian elite of the time. The book includes a genealogy, a list of people and their identities, maps, and some family photographs. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. L. Beck Washington University, Saint Louis
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Summaries
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A new perspective on life in British mandated Palestine is revealed in the pages of this diary, written by a young civil servant during World War II. Accompanied by a scholarly commentary, it allows readers to witness a rapidly changing world through the eyes of a young Palestinian Arab.
Main Description
Writing in his late teens and early twenties, Sami'Amr gave his diary an apt subtitle:The Battle of Life, encapsulating both the political climate of Palestine in the waning years of the British Mandate as well as the contrasting joys and troubles of family life. Now translated from the Arabic, Sami's diary represents a rare artefact of turbulent change in the Middle East. Written over four years, these ruminations of a young man from Hebron brim with revelations about daily life against a backdrop of tremendous transition. Describing the public and the private, the modern and the traditional, Sami muses on relationships, his station in life, and other universal experiences while sharing numerous details about a pivotal moment in Palestine's modern history. Making these never-before-published reflections available in translation, Kimberly Katz also provides illuminating context for Sami's words, laying out biographical details of Sami, who kept his diary private for close to sixty years. One of a limited number of Palestinian diaries available to English-language readers, the diary of Sami'Amr bridges significant chasms in our understanding of Middle Eastern, and particularly Palestinian, history.
Main Description
Writing in his late teens and early twenties, Sami cAmr gave his diary an apt subtitle: The Battle of Life, encapsulating both the political climate of Palestine in the waning years of the British Mandate as well as the contrasting joys and troubles of family life. Now translated from the Arabic, Sami's diary represents a rare artifact of turbulent change in the Middle East. Written over four years, these ruminations of a young man from Hebron brim with revelations about daily life against a backdrop of tremendous transition. Describing the public and the private, the modern and the traditional, Sami muses on relationships, his station in life, and other universal experiences while sharing numerous details about a pivotal moment in Palestine's modern history. Making these never-before-published reflections available in translation, Kimberly Katz also provides illuminating context for Sami's words, laying out biographical details of Sami, who kept his diary private for close to sixty years. One of a limited number of Palestinian diaries available to English-language readers, the diary of Sami cAmr bridges significant chasms in our understanding of Middle Eastern, and particularly Palestinian, history.
Main Description
Writing in his late teens and early twenties, S m 'Amr gave his diary an apt subtitle: The Battle of Life, encapsulating both the political climate of Palestine in the waning years of the British Mandate as well as the contrasting joys and troubles of family life. Now translated from the Arabic, S m 's diary represents a rare artifact of turbulent change in the Middle East.Written over four years, these ruminations of a young man from Hebron brim with revelations about daily life against a backdrop of tremendous transition. Describing the public and the private, the modern and the traditional, S m muses on relationships, his station in life, and other universal experiences while sharing numerous details about a pivotal moment in Palestine's modern history. Making these never-before-published reflections available in translation, Kimberly Katz also provides illuminating context for S m 's words, laying out biographical details of S m , who kept his diary private for close to sixty years. One of a limited number of Palestinian diaries available to English-language readers, the diary of S m 'Amr bridges significant chasms in our understanding of Middle Eastern, and particularly Palestinian, history.
Main Description
Writing in his late teens and early twenties, Sami'Amr gave his diary an apt subtitle: The Battle of Life , encapsulating both the political climate of Palestine in the waning years of the British Mandate as well as the contrasting joys and troubles of family life. Now translated from the Arabic, Sami's diary represents a rare artefact of turbulent change in the Middle East.Written over four years, these ruminations of a young man from Hebron brim with revelations about daily life against a backdrop of tremendous transition. Describing the public and the private, the modern and the traditional, Sami muses on relationships, his station in life, and other universal experiences while sharing numerous details about a pivotal moment in Palestine's modern history. Making these never-before-published reflections available in translation, Kimberly Katz also provides illuminating context for Sami's words, laying out biographical details of Sami, who kept his diary private for close to sixty years. One of a limited number of Palestinian diaries available to English-language readers, the diary of Sami'Amr bridges significant chasms in our understanding of Middle Eastern, and particularly Palestinian, history.
Table of Contents
Foreword Away from D&ubar;ra (or Life in the Margins)p. xi
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Note on Translation, Transcription, and Usagep. xxi
History and Historiography of the Diary
The Diarist and His Timesp. 3
Historiography and Themes of the Diaryp. 35
Conclusion: To Write or Not to Writep. 66
Translation of the Diary of S&abar;m&ibar; 'Amrp. 69
Genealogy of the 'Amr Familyp. 155
People Mentioned in the Diaryp. 157
Bibliographyp. 161
Indexp. 169
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