Monday, September 19, 2005

Kufiyaspotting #1: Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin, in Amman during July, as a UN Childrens' Fund goodwill ambassador, and wearing a kufiya scarf with the words, "al-Quds lana" (Jerusalem Is Ours) stitched on it. Martin is tentatively scheduled to perform in Palestine (the PNA controlled territories) in May 2006. I snagged the report on this from Planet Grenada. (In 1992, I published an article entitled "Seeing Double: Palestinian-American Histories of the Kufiya" in Michigan Quarterly Review 31(4): 557-577; I also write about the local and transnational uses of the Palestinian kufiya in my book Memories of Revolt.)

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