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Culture of Palestine

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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 culture is dominant. The Nakba – the catastrophe of 1948 – has been of particular significance for the Palestinian culture.

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The archaeological history of Palestine is very rich, with approximately 12,000 sites in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. As home to three monotheistic faiths that consider the city of Jerusalem a holy ...
Language has always been at the centre of Arab culture. Expressive Arab poetry is well-represented, as are satire and invective. Poems were sometimes sung by itinerant professional singers. To modern Palestinian poets (and writers...
The performing arts, such as theatre and dance, have also been strongly influenced by the Nakba. The representation of the farming community as the bearer of the Palestinian identity takes an important place as a result of the ong...
The traditional dress of men in Palestine and elsewhere in the Bilad al-Sham is the jalabiya, a loose-fitting cotton garment reaching from the shoulders to the ankles. In the evenings and during the autumn and winter, a woollen ma...
In rural areas, women's dress is traditionally richly adorned with embroidery. There can be differences per region or even per village. The basic cloth is coloured black or white.
The museum, to open in May 2016 is a recognition and celebration of Palestinian culture. The younger generation wanted the concept to be broad; not just to look back and commemorate the past, but also to appreciate Palestinian lif...

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