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Sharif Kanaana

Guardian of Palestinian Heritage

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Date of Birth:


Arrabeh, Galilee, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Scholarly Preservation of Palestinian Culture

Brief bio

Sharif Kanaana is a distinguished Palestinian anthropologist and folklorist, celebrated for his extensive work in preserving Palestinian folktales and cultural heritage. His scholarly efforts have significantly contributed to the documentation and understanding of Palestinian folklore, making these narratives accessible to new generations both within and outside Palestine.

Major Milestones


  • Academic Foundations: Studied and taught anthropology, focusing on Palestinian society and folklore.

  • Publication of "Speak, Bird, Speak Again": Co-authored a seminal collection of Palestinian folktales, which has been crucial in preserving Palestinian oral traditions.

  • Professor at Beirzeit University: Long-standing tenure at Beirzeit University where he influenced countless students and promoted the study of Palestinian culture.

  • Directorship: Directed the Center for the Study of Palestinian Society and Heritage, expanding the academic exploration and preservation of Palestinian cultural practices.

  • International Lectures: Has lectured globally on Palestinian folklore, increasing international awareness and appreciation of Palestinian cultural heritage.

  • Preservation of Folklore: Kanaana's work has been pivotal in collecting and preserving Palestinian folktales, ensuring that these cultural treasures are not lost amid ongoing conflict...See More

  • Scholarly Publications: His academic writings have provided deep insights into the dynamics of Palestinian cultural identity and memory.

  • Educational Impact: Through his teaching and mentorship, Kanaana has inspired a new generation of scholars interested in Middle Eastern studies and anthropology.

  • Public Advocacy: Regularly participates in cultural and academic forums, advocating for the importance of cultural heritage in understanding and resolving contemporary issues.

  • Cultural Revival: His efforts have not only preserved but also revitalized interest in Palestinian folklore, encouraging its incorporation into modern Palestinian culture...See More

Date of Last Update: 
July 8, 2024

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