By Kimberly Katz, Salim Tamari

Writing in his past due kids and early twenties, Sami'Amr gave his diary an apt subtitle: ''The conflict of Life'', encapsulating either the political weather of Palestine within the waning years of the British Mandate in addition to the contrasting joys and issues of relatives lifestyles. Now translated from the Arabic, Sami's diary represents an extraordinary artefact of turbulent swap within the center East. Written over 4 years, those ruminations of a tender guy from Hebron brim with revelations approximately way of life opposed to a backdrop of super transition. Describing the general public and the personal, the trendy and the normal, Sami muses on relationships, his station in existence, and different common studies whereas sharing various information about a pivotal second in Palestine's sleek heritage. Making those never-before-published reflections to be had in translation, Kimberly Katz additionally presents illuminating context for Sami's phrases, laying out biographical info of Sami, who stored his diary deepest for with regards to sixty years. considered one of a restricted variety of Palestinian diaries on hand to English-language readers, the diary of Sami'Amr bridges major chasms in our knowing of heart jap, and especially Palestinian, historical past

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30 After the Dreyfus Affair of 1894 exposed widespread anti-Semitism in France, Jews felt constant persecution in Europe. Swayed by nineteenth- century notions of nationalism, Theodor Herzl came to lead a political movement of Zionists that ultimately sought to populate Palestine with Jews, seeing the country as their ancient ancestral land. Indeed, Jews had already begun immigrating to Palestine in the 1880s. Though initially Jewish immigration to Palestine was for religious reasons and small in scope, the pace of Jewish immigration increased in the first decade of the twentieth century.

56. , 86. For more on the curriculum in Palestine see especially Tibawi’s Chapter 3. 57. Correspondence with Samīr, 2 February 2007. See note 5 in the diary for a fuller explanation of grade levels. History and Historiography of the Diary | 27 Available instruction varied in quality as well as length. In his Shayʾ min al- dhākira, Maḥmūd al-Qāḍi recounts his own village schooling experience, noting that the teacher was not committed to teaching but rather preferred visit- ing people in the village.

49 However, it took some time be- fore textbooks were produced in Palestine to cover these subjects. 50 Emphasizing elementary over second- ary education, British Mandate officials in charge of education expanded the former Ottoman system only at the elementary level. In some of the larger towns, elementary schools had a four-year or a five-year curriculum followed 49. Tibawi, Arab Education in Mandatory Palestine, 80. This is a classic work on the educational system in Palestine under British Mandate.

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