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Society, Media & Culture of Palestine

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Postcard of Jerusalem around 1900 / Photo HH

During the past two centuries, the Palestinian society has undergone radical social changes under the influence of the Ottoman Turks, and British and Jewish settlers.

Palestine forms part of a larger region – Bilad al-Sham, or Greater Syria, the Levant – which has a shared culture in terms of social structures, customs, and values. These often go back to pre-Christian and Islamic times, thus transcending the differences between Muslims and Christians.

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Traditionally, Palestine was a predominantly agrarian society, which strongly determined its social relations. Although the cities experienced moderate growth from the second half of the 19th century, at the end of World War I, ar...
In past decades, Palestinian society has experienced turbulent times as a result of the Nakba (Catastrophe) of 1948, and the systematic colonization of Palestinian Territories after 1967.
Palestinian Muslims are Sunni Muslims, adherents to the main branch within Islam. All Muslims are obliged to fulfil five acts, the so-called Five Pillars of Islam: the creed (al-shahada) 'There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is ...
The political situation imposes great restraints on the youth in Palestine. Parents prefer to keep their children at home in an attempt to limit exposure to the dangers of the occupation. Social conventions about relations between...
After the birth of their first child, parents are given the honorary title of abu (father of) and umm (mother of) by their relatives, followed by the name of the firstborn son. If they only have daughters, then the couple is calle...
Research has shown that many children suffer, to a greater or lesser extent, from psychosomatic disorders which are directly related to the occupation. In recent years, armed conflicts amongst Palestinian factions have added to th...
The average population age in Palestine is very young – seven out of ten Palestinians are younger than 29 years of age – and education participation is high. Palestinians attach great value to education and this cannot be view...
The Palestinian media environment is not conducive to freedom of expression. It is dominated by partisan reporting and undue influence from the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas, in addition to external interference from Israel...
Palestine has formed part of the Bilad al-Sham region – Greater Syria and the Levant – since ancient times and is still tied culturally to this region. The region has been part of successive Arab empires. As a result, the Arab...

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