Cover der AphorismA-Veröffentlichung „Atlas of Palestinian Rural Heritage“

Atlas of Palestinian Rural Heritage - Neuauflage / New Edition

Thomas Staubli (Ed)
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English - Arabic ||  Catalogue by Ishaq al-Hroub
Edited by Thomas Staubli - Translated by Khaled Amayreh

Photographs by Primula Bosshard and Jean-Marc Giossi

Berlin (AphorismA) 2024 | 978-3-86575-776-0 | 412 S. | 575 photos in colour

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Neuauflage am 22. Mai 2024 erschienen / Available since 22. Mai 2024

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This comprehensive documentation of the pre-industrial culture of rural Palestine in English and Arabic, based on a unique collection, is a must read for every one who wants to understand the traditional peasant life of the region prior to an-Nakbah.

Following Dalman's encyclopedic opus "Arbeit und Sitte in Palästina" and the writings of the Christian Palestinian physician Tawfiq Canaan, we now have a book from the Muslim collector and teacher Ishaq al-Hroub, son of peasants from southern Palestine. With his rural and autochthon background he differs distinctly from intellectual Western travelers but also from many Palestinian scholars.

Tilling - Harvesting - Moving the Harvest - Threshing - Sifting - Grinding - Making Dough - Baking Bread - Cooking - Making Grape Syrup - Sesame Oil - Olives and Olive Oil - Storage - Bard - Domestic Birds - Honeybee Farming - Milk - Shepherd - Washing - Water - Gathering Rainwater - Wood - Lighting - Smoking - Coffee - Babies - Having Fun - Carpenter - Smith - Farrier - Kerosene Heater Repairman - Shoemaker - Circumciser - Peddler - Lime - Stone cutter - Building a House - Barber - Pottery - Hunting - Straw Weaving - Weaving Animal Wool and Hair - Tanning - Camel - Horse - Prayer - Seven-Day Wedding in Southern Palestine - Kohl - Tales, Legends, and Myths - Vows - Psychological Treatment - Envy and Evil Spirits - Black Magic - Palestinian Embroidery - Palestinian Attire - Womens Attire


«The reasons why one could be attracted by such a book are multiple. Firstly, the genuine curiosity for these artifacts of the Palestinian popular tradition could catch the attention of everyone working on Near Eastern issues. Secondly, anthropologists and ethnographers can find an updated source with an extremely rich and careful iconography. Finally, Arabists and Semitists can now dispose of a good contribution that reports a great deal of lexical data belonging to some fields of everyday life that it is not always easy to find in the Western lexicographical works.» 
Giuliano Mion, Orientalistische Literaturzeitung

«Research in perhaps its most beautiful stage of collecting, organising, labelling, reorganising and rediscovering.» 
Karin Berkemann, Theologische Literaturzeitung

«This volume not only documents Ishaq al-Hroub's comprehensive and valuable collection of Palestinian ethnographies in a very attractive presentation, but also provides fundamental knowledge about the objects presented, delivered by a local resident.» Elisabeth Biasio, Tribus


The book is edited by Thomas Staubli, Conservator of the ethnographic collection of the Bible + Orient Museum at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and provides 575 photos, most of them from the photographers Primula Bosshard and Jean-Marc Giossi, both from Fribourg, Switzerland.

The original production of the book has been supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The printing costs has been generously subsidized by 
Manuel Kleidman, Jerusalem/Paris - AphorismA Kulturstiftung, Rheinbach - BIBEL+ORIENT Museum, Fribourg (CH) - Layla & Thomas Staubli