Palestinian Poet-Singers: Celebration Under Israel’s Military Rule 1948–1966

Marwan Darweish, Craig Robertson

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    Research about Palestinians in Israel during the period of military rule from 1948 to 1966 describes them as acquiescent and primarily focuses on the mechanisms of control imposed by Israel. This article examines the role played by improvised sung poetry in Palestinian weddings and social gatherings during this period, and it assesses the contribution that this situated art form made to asserting this community’s agency. Ḥaddā’ (male) and Badāaʿa (female) poet-singers are considered as agents of cultural resilience, songs as tools and weddings as sites of resilience and resistance for Palestinians who lived under Israeli military rule. Folk poetry performed by Ḥaddā’ and Badāaʿa is identified as a form of cultural resilience and resistance rooted in Palestinians’ cultural heritage. The data signal the persistence of resilience, dignity and rootedness in the land and identity, as well as demonstrating the risks of such resilience and of resistance actions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)27-46
    Number of pages20
    JournalAlternatives: Global, Local, Political
    Issue number2
    Early online date9 Jul 2021
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jul 2021

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    • Israeli military rule
    • Palestinians in Israel
    • cultural resilience
    • poet-singer

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations


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