Colonial Encounters Among English and Palestinian Women, by Nancy L. Stockdale

By Nancy L. Stockdale

The environment of Palestine because the "Land of the Bible" made it a geographical house that English humans felt they already knew. utilizing the "knowledge" they introduced with them, coupled with the data they amassed, they asserted English superiority over Palestinians and their society. Nancy Stockdale indicates us that basic to this method have been English ladies, who performed an energetic function within the imperial try and disseminate English tradition and authority during this contested space.
 
British girls tourists and missionaries labored to seriously regulate Palestinian women’s lives, whereas portray a portrait of Palestine as a backward, ignorant position wanting English ethical and political leadership.
 
The Palestinian girls who embraced British tradition discovered themselves trapped among their indigenous tradition and the tradition of the imperial strength, by no means absolutely permitted into both. This ended in emotions of sadness and betrayal, and contributed to the final word failure of the English imperial undertaking in Palestine.
 
By illuminating the way within which Palestinian girls considered English women--often as unique as their very own picture within the minds of the English--Stockdale demonstrates the reflexive nature of the colonial stumble upon, deflecting and reorienting the imperial gaze.

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I. )12 Egerton’s quote is remarkable because it powerfully embodied several traits of English women’s writing on Palestine in the late Ottoman period. Perhaps most importantly, biblical citations became evidence to legitimate Egerton’s interpretation of what she saw in the landscape. That it was “desolate” and “depopulated” was the result not of social, political, or economic factors, but rather of the rejection by its inhabitants of the Christian message. In the eyes of women such as Egerton, this was a problem that needed correction.

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Many visitors to Bethlehem, the adopted home of Ruth, found striking parallels between the contemporary women living in the town and the ancient heroine. For example, Frances Schor described a view of Bethlehem in relation to the story of Ruth and Boaz:22 I want you first of all to look at those fields down there to your right, for they are called the fields of Boaz. And you think of the story of Ruth, who went gleaning, most likely in those very fields. But you would like to see what Ruth looked like, wouldn’t you?

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