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Telling STories

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Water and land are surrounded by the mountains, plains and valleys and constitute the landscape bestowed by God. For the women of Musharafah water cannot be controlled and priced by man; "It is against God's wishes," they informed Ramallah water officials. Subsistence agriculture was the foundation of Musharafah's livelihood, and the peasants' main concern was to secure their livelihood. Agriculture was based on rain-fed grains. When the society of women recounts events from the past, they are not only maintaining a mental picture of happenings, they are also reproducing a landscape. Testimonies are infused with human detail and individual experiences. They provide personal judgements. Women's stories indicate some subtle and complex interconnections among everyday forms of coping in the present, memories of the past, and the wider global moments which impact village and personal lives.

Keywords: landscape; Musharafah



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