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Women, water and memory

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Al zulm, injustice, is a peasant's fate, particularly if the peasant is a woman. There are in particular two tragedies that can ruin a woman in the village. The relationships and contacts around the water spring, Um Muhammad explained, were a challenge. She was not only there to carry out her own chores but also her work as a healer and mid-wife. For Fatima Muhammad Abu Maryam, known as Um Fathi, the intifadah is the one event that has turned everything in her life "on its head". Um Khaled knows that the baraka, blessing, is bestowed on the landscape of Musharafah. Um Jihad has made professional and beautiful embroidery. Um Jihad took up embroidery as a profession during the 1930s. Abu Ibrahim was a progressive man and wanted to know more about the British and their ways.

Keywords: Abu Ibrahim; Al zulm; Musharafah; Um Jihad; Um Khaled; Um Muhammad



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