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Researching Palestine at Harvard: Social History

Finding Aid for Harvard Library Collections

Social History

Topics include history of society, social institutions, and its social conditions encompassing the role of women, gender, sexuality, health, education, diaspora, migration, travel, tourism, ethnicity, and environmental sustainability.

Pro Tip:
When Searching for topics pertaining to Palestinian Culture, look for material on the cultural history of the region within the travel itineraries on under the heading "Holy Land."



Travel & Tourism

  • Travel Accounts for Arab World and Africa
  • Specimen Samples from Arab World & Africa


Food & Traditions

Found in the Library
Palestinian Cookbook Collection from Schlessinger Library


A taste of Palestine : menus and memories,  by Aziz Shihab
A collection of recipes, remembrances and social commentaries by the author who has a distinguished career in journalism. He is the father of local poet and author Naomi Shihab Nye, who presented this book to the Library in 2001.


Newspapers & Cartoons

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Middle East Historical Newspaper Collections - search there now!

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