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The women and their stories

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Musharafah women are individuals with distinctive personal histories which they link to fetching water from the spring, and these stories convey a lively sense of variety, and often inconsistency, in their views on the benefits of spring water and the disadvantages of piped water. The women have several stories about their treasured embroideries in which they put so much attention and emotion, and which were often designed and done by the water spring, with models inspired by the landscape around the spring. Khala is a rich cultural concept that vividly portrays the poetics of water in their lives. Hilma Granqvist was a Finnish researcher who worked in Palestine in the 1930s. Her project was women's ways of looking at things, and she formulated things about Middle Eastern women which the author recognised during his fieldwork.

Keywords: Hilma Granqvist; Khala; Musharafah women; Palestine; water



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