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Electronic Intifada, 31st May 2013
With the exception of her observations on women’s changing roles, Anbara’s memories are interesting and important not for what they reveal about home life through the “long twentieth century,” but for how ordinary life for people in the Levant intersected so inescapably with politics and imperialism. In her 1978 introduction, Salam Khalidi notes that many of the papers which might have given more precise details have been lost or destroyed — some by the family to keep them from Ottoman authorities seeking to incriminate her Arab nationalist father, some by the French Mandate regime cracking down on political resistance, and some lost when Anbara and her family had to flee Jerusalem in 1948.
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