INTRODUCING OLIVE CULTURE IN PALESTINE
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25.09.19 INTRODUCING OLIVE CULTURE IN PALESTINE Maissoun Sharkawi

My contribution to the project titled “My Heritage! My Identity!” shall be the description of olive culture through Masār Ibrāhīm. The cultivation of the olive tree can be regarded as a sign of wealth, according to the proverb that says: “The one who has olive oil will never be poor’’. […]

During the field work that was conducted for this project, many interviews were held to enquire about the visited sites. This research also utilised previous interviews that I conducted in Palestine for my doctoral dissertation related to this topic. 

Masār Ibrāhīm passes through numerous villages most of which are related to olive culture. The trail that I propose shall lead from southern Hebron to Bethlehem and then towards Salfit and Nablus, in order to raise awareness and enrich the visual memory that documents olive culture in Palestine.

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Maissoun Sharkawi, a researcher and lecturer, holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Lorraine- Nancy. Her thesis explores the social, historical and economic environment in which the concept of Palestinian cultural heritage has been formulated throughout the past two centuries. Her research focuses on the material archive that documents the economy of the village in 19th century Palestine. 

She taught a course on Introducing cultural heritage in the Arab world in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Aix-Marseille University.

Sharkawi holds an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies on Conservation and Development of Cultural Industrial and Economic Heritage form the University of Nantes.

She currently works as a lecturer in the Department of Applied Arts at the Palestinian Technical University-Kadoori in Ramallah.

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