On the eve of the Nakba, Palestinian society was in the midst of a process of urbanization. Since between 35 and 40 percent of the total Arab population in Palestine lived in cities, urban spaces and the urban environment expanded greatly. New social ties and relations also began to grow and take shape, along with the growth of previously unknown cultural phenomena. Some of the major Palestinian cities, such as Jerusalem, Jaffa and Haifa, were the most important urban sites in relation to these changes. From a demographic point of view, the urbanization process that transpired in the two port cities, Haifa and Jaffa, was particularly important. It had significant repercussions not only with respect to cultural developments in historical Palestine, but also with regard to the entire Middle East.
Hidden from View: Palestinian Women and Cities until 1948
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