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July 2021 Biography & Autobiography

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Light the Road of Freedom
By (author): Sahbaa Al-Barbari Edited by: Ghada Ageel Edited by: Barbara Bill Foreword by: Ramzy Baroud
9781772125443 Paperback , Trade English General/trade Jul 16, 2021
$24.99 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.35 in | 200 gr 224 pages The University of Alberta Press
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
Gender studies: women and girls|Memoirs|Oral history
Sahbaa Al-Barbari’s story provides a unique perspective on Palestinian experience before and after the 1948 Nakba. Born in Gaza, Al-Barbari began her career as a school teacher and was an activist in her community. When Israel occupied the Gaza Strip in 1967, Al-Barbari was exiled from Palestine, continuing her activism as she lived in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Kuwait, Tunis, Libya, and Europe. Al-Barbari returned to Gaza in 1996. This is the second book in the Women’s Voices from Gaza series, which honours women’s unique and underrepresented perspectives on the social, material, and political realities of Palestinian life. The books in this series will benefit Middle East scholars, social justice and human rights advocates, and all who want to know more about the modern history of Palestine.

Sahbaa Al-Barbari is a native Palestinian who was born and grew up in Gaza City. After Israel occupied the Gaza Strip in 1967 Al-Barbari was exiled from her country, only returning to Gaza in 1996.

Ghada Ageel is a visiting professor of political science at the University of Alberta, a columnist for the Middle East Eye, and the editor of Apartheid in Palestine (UAlberta Press).

Barbara Bill lived and worked in Gaza for six years and currently resides in New South Wales, Australia.

"What an extraordinary project! We don't hear enough from Gaza. Through the oral histories of Palestinian women who have lived, witnessed, and built lives and futures for their families and communities—in the face of devastating force and continuing injustices—we learn Palestinian History through the intimate daily ways individuals have lived and made it." - Lila Abu-Lughod, Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science, Columbia University

"Gaza City is one of the most ancient cultural centres on the Mediterranean, and its people have long been a backbone of the Palestinian national movement. How Gazan women describe their lives under continual siege and military attack reveals their capacity for bearing hardship and undertaking initiatives in the public sphere. Ghada Ageel, a Gazan, and Barbara Bill have ably used oral history to bring readers the lived reality of women of different backgrounds, ages, and occupations." - Rosemary Sayigh, anthropologist and oral historian

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