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 a unprecedented artefact of turbulent swap within the center East. Written over 4 years, those ruminations of a tender guy from Hebron brim with revelations approximately everyday life opposed to a backdrop of great transition. Describing the general public and the non-public, the fashionable and the normal, Sami muses on relationships, his station in lifestyles, and different common reviews whereas sharing quite a few information about a pivotal second in Palestine's sleek background. Making those never-before-published reflections on hand in translation, Kimberly Katz additionally presents illuminating context for Sami's phrases, laying out biographical information of Sami, who stored his diary inner most for as regards to sixty years. one in every of a constrained variety of Palestinian diaries to be had to English-language readers, the diary of Sami'Amr bridges major chasms in our figuring out of heart japanese, and especially Palestinian, background.
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Extra info for A Young Palestinian's Diary, 1941-1945: The Life of Sami 'Amr (Jamal and Rania Daniel Series in Contemporary History, Politics, Culture, and Religion of the Levant)
Sāmī’s writings convey how deeply he loved his family and his hometown, yet he clearly felt restricted by the social and familial structures in which he lived. He wrote about his professional ambitions, although he was keenly aware that his limited education constrained his upward mobility. The diary records his hopes and aspirations, his loves and heartbreaks, his career opportunities and difficulties, and his relations with neighbors, family, and friends. This web of relations is further complicated against the backdrop of World War II, which followed on the heels of the Arab Revolt of 1936–1939.
40. ʿAlqām defines muḍāfa as “a central place in the life of an individual within a clan or family, socially speaking”; al-Intidāb al-barīṭānī, 43. 41. , 71. 42. Ayalon, Reading Palestine, 159. 43 Palestinian Arabs had an indigenous reading tradition, although literacy continued as the domain of the elite. With the spread of mass education under British rule, though uneven, more young people acquired literacy. Sāmī completed the education that was available to him, but when his family hit hard times, it seemed that Sāmī might be cut off from enhancing his knowledge.
And built the building where I have an apartment and where my sisters, my brother Zuhayr, and my mother live now. He gave each one of us an apartment and kept one for himself, which is used by my mother now. ] The regional conflict would again penetrate the life of Sāmī’s family, limit- ing his choice of home and work. 22 Sāmī built the house in Hebron in a most defiant manner, aware of 22. Sāmī and Suhayla’s children’s names and birth years are as follows: Samīr (1948), Amāl (1950), Samīra (1953), Zuhayr (1956), Fayrūz (1960), Rīm (1962), Ibrāhīm (1966).
A Young Palestinian's Diary, 1941-1945: The Life of Sami 'Amr (Jamal and Rania Daniel Series in Contemporary History, Politics, Culture, and Religion of the Levant) by Kimberly Katz, Salim Tamari