Palestinian Women

Narrative Histories and Gendered Memory

Fatma Kassem


The first book to document the experiences of Palestinian women who became involuntary citizens of the State of Israel.
Palestinian Women is the first book to examine and document the experiences and the historical narrative of ordinary Palestinian women who witnessed the events of 1948 and became involuntary citizens of the State of Israel.

Told in their own words, the women's experiences serve as a window for examining the complex intersections of gender, nationalism and citizenship in a situation of ongoing violent political conflict.

Known in Palestinian discourse as the 'Nakbeh', or the 'Catastrophe', these events of 60 years ago still have a powerful resonance in contemporary Palestinian-Jewish relations in the State of Israel and in the act of narrating these stories, the author argues that the realm of memory is a site of commemoration and resistance.

Author Bio

Fatma Kassem is as a Board member of the association for promoting higher education among Bedouin women in the Negev.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction 
  • 1. My Family Stories 
  • 2. Life Story: Methodological Aspects 
  • 3. The Researcher's Story 
  • 4. Language 
  • 5. The Body 
  • 6. Home Conclusion 
  • Notes 
  • References


'A powerful and much-needed oral history of the Nakba from the "forgotten community" of Palestinian women who live on in Israel.' Jonathan Cook, author of Disappearing Palestine (Zed, 2008)

'This book should be read by students and scholars of Palestine and Israel as well as all those who seek alternative solutions for peace with justice.'
Nicola Pratt, editor of Women and War in the Middle East

'Fatma Kassem's book brings critical attention to the difficult position of Palestinian citizens of Israel.'
Nadje Al-Ali, Professor of Gender Studies, Chair, Centre For Gender Studies, SOAS


Publication Date: 24 February 2011
272 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781848134249
Hardback: 9781848134232
eBook ePub: 9781780321189
eBook PDF: 9781848134256
eBook Kindle: 9781780328454
Library Edition: 9781856492331

Previous Editions: Paperback 0th Edition: 9781856492348

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