By Kimberly Katz, Salim Tamari
Writing in his past due youth and early twenties, Sami'Amr gave his diary an apt subtitle: ''The conflict of Life'', encapsulating either the political weather of Palestine within the waning years of the British Mandate in addition to the contrasting joys and issues of kin lifestyles. Now translated from the Arabic, Sami's diary represents a unprecedented artefact of turbulent switch within the center East. Written over 4 years, those ruminations of a tender guy from Hebron brim with revelations approximately lifestyle opposed to a backdrop of super transition. Describing the general public and the personal, the fashionable and the normal, Sami muses on relationships, his station in existence, and different common studies whereas sharing various information about a pivotal second in Palestine's glossy background. Making those never-before-published reflections to be had in translation, Kimberly Katz additionally presents illuminating context for Sami's phrases, laying out biographical information of Sami, who stored his diary deepest for as regards to sixty years. considered one of a restricted variety of Palestinian diaries to be had to English-language readers, the diary of Sami'Amr bridges major chasms in our knowing of heart japanese, and especially Palestinian, heritage
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57 54. , 35–36, 188. Tibawi offers some comparison of the late Ottoman period with the British Mandate period in Arab Education in Mandatory Palestine (270): in 1914–1915, there were 98 government schools throughout Palestine, and ten years later there were 315. Writers differ over the grade levels offered in Hebron. Compare ʿAwdat al-Ashhab’s account in his memoir (Chapter 1) of his completing the fifth grade in Hebron with Muṣṭafā Dabbāgh’s explanation (139) of fourth grade being the highest for pupils in Hebron, the latter likely being a simple mistake.
Dur- ing the period of Egyptian rule in Palestine in the 1830s, Ibrāhīm Pasha, the son of Egypt’s ruler, saw to the removal of ʿAbd ar-Raḥmān ibn ʿĪsa (Sāmī’s great-grandfather) from his post as ruler in Hebron. 14 ʿAmr Family Composition and Identification with Hebron Sāmī was the fifth of his father’s six children, all born in Hebron and all mentioned in his diary (Appendix 1). The eldest, a girl named Yusrā, was not the child of Sāmī’s mother, Zahīya ʿUthmān al-Budayrī, but Sāmī’s half-sister remained an active part of his life.
28 | A Young Palestinian’s Diary Agriculture, Land Claims, and Urbanization The British did not intend assimilation for Palestinians. Instead, they simply sought to avoid the mistakes of the past (in India and Egypt) whereby British institutions created an educated elite class in the colonies. Too much educa- tion might take people from the land and bring them into the cities, creating a variety of urban problems such as unemployment and the possible increase of antigovernment political activity while decreasing the necessary agricultural production.
A Young Palestinian's Diary, 1941-1945: The Life of Sami 'Amr by Kimberly Katz, Salim Tamari