The Roots of Movement: Charity and the Nation

Ellen L. Fleischmann

in The Nation and Its "New" Women

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520237896
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937048 | DOI:
The Roots of Movement: Charity and the Nation

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Palestinian women's organizations evolved from a complex matrix of charitable, reformist, feminist, and nationalist impetuses which overlapped and informed the nature of women's initial organizational endeavors. The nationalist discourse about preserving a way of life, a culture, and society against the threat of Zionism increasingly permeated all segments of Palestinian society. Women participated in this idea through their involvement in charitable associations. Women's experiences in charitable societies were transformed with their increasing public and collective activity into a movement. In contrary, Palestinian women's initial organizing efforts and the eventual movement were part of broader historical patterns.

Keywords: society; Palestinian; women; charity; association

Chapter.  8241 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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