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The People of Palestine

Excerpt from The People of Palestine: An Enlarged Ed, of the Peasantry of Palestine, Life, Manners, and Customs of the Village The following pages have been written from notes kept during a residence of nearly three years in Ram Allah, a village about ten miles north of Jerusalem. My aim has been to write of those matters only which came under my personal observation; to confine myself to such matters as relate to peasant life and interests; to provide a fairly systematic description of the village peasants and their ways, without, however, attempting to fill in the gaps in my own experience from the works of other writers; to make the volume acceptable to all readers, whatever their opportunities or sympathies in the field treated; to contribute to the subject of Palestinian research and prepare the way for further study in the folk-life of the country. My first object in keeping notes of the days experiences as they passed was to know my neighbors thoroughly. I paid attention to everything because everything interested me. A friend suggested that the journal be turned into a book. After the manuscript was practically complete it seemed best to read it through with a view to noting Scripture references which afforded parallel or suggestive material This added a feature not originally contemplated. I have tried to avoid sweeping or arbitrary statement. Some customs differ considerably even in neighboring villages; how much more is the variation over the country at large. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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