Intifada on Folk Literature in the North of Palestine

Discussion Committee: 
Dr. Ehsan Al-Deek
Sireen Sadi Mostafa Jabr
Folklore is considered the honest and innate way of expressing the unconscious of the whole nation, in its spiritual and psychological concerns. The Palestinian nation was one of the most aware countries in the Arab world, about the important role that folklore plays, and their use of it in their struggle against their enemy. Those people went on acquiring their ideas from the hero stories, tales, and the enthusiastic proverbs which created strong urges to resist the occupation. They realized that they should get attached to that folklore to protect the national identity, and the Palestinian persona in facing the enemies who are stealing this precious thing which is their folklore. The Palestinian Intifada came up to present the needed hope, and to fulfill the needs of the people to express their purposes and hopes. Here remains the importance of this research, to know the extent of the service that the national folklore gives to the Intifada, beside the use of its types, and the importance in the influence of this Intifada on that folklore. The main question of this research is about the relationship between the Intifada and the Palestinian folklore. Many questions come up from this big question; I will try to answer them in my research: -What is the extent of the existence of the Intifdada in the Palestinian folklore negatively and positively? -What is the Intifada effect on the types and topics of the Palestinian folklore? -What is the effect of the folklore on the Intifada? -How did the Intifada seem in the national poet’s eyes? -Did the existence of the Intifada in the folklore vary to be a song, a story, or a proverb? -Could this folklore express, and go side by side with the Intifada aims, and slogans? Many difficulties were faced, such as: collecting data or texts which are relate to the situation, especially in these difficult circumstances in Palestine. The nature of this research needed me to divide it to, an introduction, three chapters, and an ending or a conclusion. I included in the introduction the blows before the two Intifadas, and the resistance of the occupation in Palestine. So I divided them into four stages or periods which are: -First stage: from 1900-1916, embrace the Turkish rule and the punishments on the Palestinian from the Ottoman sovereign. -Second stage: from 1917-1947, an important stage in the life of the Palestinian nation, where there were revolutions and blows made against the British colonization like; 1936 revolution, and Al-Burak revolution. -Third stage: from 1948-1967, the most significant in this, is the calamity (Nakba) in 1948, and the migration of the Palestinian from their home land to other Arab countries.
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