Martyred Palestinian Children

Bilal Tawfiq Hamamra of the Department of English, An-Najah National University, Nablus in Palestine has reviewed a new book, The Bereavement of Martyred Palestinian Children: Gendered, Religious, National Perspectives, for JCA.

Authored by Maram Masarwi and published by Palgrave Macmillan, The Bereavement of Martyred Palestinian Children “examines Palestinian parents’ experiences of bereavement, the psychological and social responses and strategies used to cope with their grief and the array of social, religious and national beliefs and values that shape the nature of Palestinian bereavement and impede women’s public expressions of grief.”

The reviewer finds this “a fascinating book that commemorates the Palestinian trauma, martyrs and their parents.” While wanting more attention to the ways that Palestinian mothers … celebrate their sons’ sacrifice and their loss,” while “entrapped within national(ist) and religious discourses,” he notes that the “significance of the book lies in how it analyses individual grief and loss as political – as something that is interwoven with broader, national and collective discourses, ideologies and norms around gender, religion and nationalism.”

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