Atran, Scott. Hamula organisation and Masha'a tenure in Palestine

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Title: Hamula organisation and Masha'a tenure in Palestine

Published in: Man (N.S.) -- Vol. 21, no. 2

Published By: Man (N.S.) -- Vol. 21, no. 2 [London]: [Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, etc.], 1986. 271-295 p.

By line: Scott Atran

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Palestinians (M013)

Subjects: REAL PROPERTY (423); ACQUISITION AND RELINQUISHMENT OF PROPERTY (425); AVUNCULAR AND NEPOTIC RELATIVES (604); SIBS (614); COMMUNITY STRUCTURE (621);

Abstract: Based on historical sources, the author examines the Palestinian land tenure system (MASHA'A) and assesses its vulnerability to outside interference and land dispossession. The MASHA'A was a system of communal land tenure in which land was redistributed every one to five years, depending on region, in order to share risk among cultivators. Atran discusses cultivation practices and the social composition of the villages. In the second part of the article, he focuses his attention on the history of two hill villages and shows the close 'organic' relationship between village social organization and agrarian regime. He argues against claims that this system was unproductive and susceptible to land alienation.

Document Number: 27

Document ID: m013-027

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 292-295)

Field Date: not specified

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2004

Coverage Date: 1840-1944

Coverage Place: Israel and Occupied Territories

LCSH: Palestinian Arabs

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