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12. Oral History in the Twenty-First Century

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This chapter sheds light on some of the interesting recent developments in the field of oral history of women in Muslim cultures. It highlights the political and material challenges that face some of the newly founded oral history projects in the twenty-first century. Oral history has been a key resource for reclaiming the voices of Palestinian women in the making of the history of Palestine. Nadje al-Ali's book Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present is a modern history of Iraq told through the eyes of women and their experiences, integrating their voices and revising official narratives. Digital oral history archives of the Middle East respond to major historical upheavals and transformations that affected specific communities or countries. Women's stories and experiences, as an example, are more widely represented and their voices are heard more loudly.

Keywords: Middle East; Muslim cultures; Nadje al-Ali; oral history; Palestinian women



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