PUBLICATIONS

Research Studies

Women in Contemporary Palestine: Between Old Conflicts and New Realities
by Maria Holt

No. 91

  May 1996 (Arabic, pp. 117 and English, pp. 102)

This book is a concise but comprehensive overview of the position of women in Palestinian society and their role in the national movement. The first two chapters provide a historical overview of women's involvement in the national movement from the British Mandate era to the present day and examine issues such as the women's role as symbols of moral purity and honor; the conflict between social change and cultural conservation in relation to women's domain, and the importance of different forms of cultural assertion. The book highlights many of the contradictions and dilemmas of women's participation in the national movement, and thus serves as a thought-provoking introduction to the current debates about women's status and their role and contribution to the national movement.