By Kimberly Katz, Salim Tamari
Writing in his overdue children 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 problems of family members lifestyles. Now translated from the Arabic, Sami's diary represents an extraordinary 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 large transition. Describing the general public and the personal, the fashionable and the normal, Sami muses on relationships, his station in existence, and different common studies whereas sharing various information about a pivotal second in Palestine's smooth historical past. Making those never-before-published reflections to be had in translation, Kimberly Katz additionally presents illuminating context for Sami's phrases, laying out biographical information of Sami, who saved his diary inner most for with 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 jap, 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)
47 Sāmī might have bought a few books, but he also could have taken advan- tage of the burgeoning opportunities in Palestine, particularly in the urban areas and especially Jerusalem, for borrowing books from people he knew, from libraries, or from literary clubs, though he does not mention that he at- tended such places. He mentions reading journals or magazines (majallāt), but he does not mention whether he subscribed to any. 48 Sāmī seemed to read voraciously and obviously liked to write as well.
Correspondence from Samīr, 29 January 2008. 24. Sāmī and his mother appear in the photo on top of the kitchen of his father’s house, built circa 1915, with Sāmī’s niece Suʿad (the daughter of his eldest brother, Asʿad) between them. Sāmī’s wife, Suhayla, is standing on the veranda of the house that Sāmī built in 1948 on the roof of his father’s house. Next to her is Sāmī’s nephew (the son of Sāmī’s half-sister, Yusrā), who is holding Samīr (barely a year old). History and Historiography of the Diary | 15 endured to shape his family’s affective and economic relations throughout his adult life.
This dampened the students’ motivation for school. Al-Qāḍi says that instead of studying, he and his brother “often worked in [their father’s] shop during [the] father’s absence . . 60 Pupils whose families relied on their children to work on the family farm, for example, might not have been able to spare their children’s labor long enough for them to attend school on a regular basis. Circumstances differed among families and from the villages to the towns, but many students had erratic school attendance during this period.
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