Research

"Holding the Whole Sky": Women's Narratives of Faith, Justice, and Liberation in Palestine

Graduate Research Grant
Grant Year
2019-2020

This year-long research project focuses on how women in Palestine understand faith, justice, and liberation. To engage these themes, this project focuses on the Palestinian Liberation Theology (PLT) movement, which advocates for peace in the region based on the principles of justice, nonviolence, and inclusivity. Using theological ethnography—a method that attends to the lived faith experience of a community—this project will collect the oral history of women in the movement as well as analyze current activism. Attending to women’s narratives shows that justice in the Palestinian context must be considered at multiple levels. While women are asking for justice in response to the illegal occupation of their land, many are also concerned about sexism within their own community. Therefore, attending to women’s voices complexifies how justice is understood in the Palestinian context. 

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