Part Four: National Identity and the Way Bereaved Parents Cope

  • Maram Masarwi
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)


Part Four, National identity and the way bereaved parents cope, deals with Palestinian national identity and the transformation of Palestinian bereaved parents into a symbol of the Palestinian national struggle. This chapter examines the process of nationalization of Palestinian mourning and its transformation from personal grief and loss into collective loss, intended to support a collective Palestinian national agenda. The chapter attempts to pinpoint the connection point between the national dimension and the religious dimension in shaping the collective bereavement of Palestinian society. The religious discourse is linked to the national discourse in a way that promotes the national agenda of Palestinian society. The chapter examines the nature of sacrifice and bereavement in Palestinian society and the added meanings that have succeeded in shaping a new national-religious culture around the subject of bereavement and sacrifice. In this chapter, I attempt to understand how this culture was able to transform individual bereavement into collective bereavement with the aim of shaping a Palestinian national memory. I termed this process the “politi-religization (politidatiya) of bereavement.” The expectation that Palestinian parents are sacrificing their child for the concept of national hegemony has created the process of nationalization of bereavement and transformed bereavement from a private, individual matter into a collective process.


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  • Maram Masarwi
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  1. 1.Minerva Humanities CenterTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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