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

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Hamula organisation and Masha'a tenure in Palestine

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Man (N.S.) -- Vol. 21, no. 2

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Scott Atran

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Palestinians (M013)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Real property (423); Acquisition and relinquishment of property (425); Avuncular and nepotic relatives (604); Clans (614); Community structure (621);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 27

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. m013-027

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

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

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 2004

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1840-1944

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Israel and Occupied Territories

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Palestinian Arabs


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