THE PEASANT ARCHITECTURE IN PALESTINE

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No. of pages: 246
Publication date: 2018
Languages: English

ISBN: 978-9950-303-19-5(soft cover)

978-9950-303-20-1(hard cover)

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This book builds on Suad Amiry 1987 thesis addressing the spatial organization of the different environmental levels in late 19th century rural Palestine. A descending spatial order of analysis from the settlement level to that of the furniture level is adopted. The built space of Deir Ghassaneh, a Palestinian village located in the central highlands–the West Bank today–is the focus of the book. In order to understand the close correspondence between this built space and the social organisation of the peasant community that produced it, the book reconstructs life in Deir Ghassaneh at the turn of 20th century, at a time when space and society together constituted a single socio‑spatial whole, and when the village was a relatively autarkic, subsistence‑based agrarian community in which traditional modes, including architecture, still prevailed. Then, the book examines the nature of change that took place in the built space of Deir Ghassaneh in light of the dramatic social transformations of the seven decades (1916‑1986).

Author

  • Dr. Suad Amiry is a writer and an architect. She is the author of a number of architectural and non-fiction books. Her book “Sharon and my Mother-In-Law” was translated into twenty languages and won her Italy’s prestigious literary award, “Permio Viareggio” (2003). Her book, “Golda Slept Here” was awarded the 2014 “Nonino Prize” in Italy. Her most recent book is “My Damascus.” Amiry is the founder of Riwaq in Ramallah, Palestine. In 2011, she presented “My Work My Hobby” at TEDxRamallah.

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