Palestinian Camp Women as Tellers of History

This paper points to the value of personal narratives as a source for historians of the Palestinian people, arguing from the need to revise concepts of national history to include the experience of nonelite classes, women, localities, and the diaspora. Life stories recorded be- tween 1990 and 1992 with women of different generations from Sha- tila camp in Lebanon are used to support this argument.

Author biography: 

Rosemary Sayigh, who worked with Palestinian women in the camps of Lebanon on an oral history project from 1983 to 1993, is the author of Too Many Enemies: The Palestinian Experience in Lebanon (London: Zed Books, 1994).

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