Shahidas palestinianas
: uma análise à luz da teoria sistémica de Bert Hellinger sobre as motivações das mulheres da Palestina em tornarem shahidas no contexto do conflito com Israel

  • Cristiana Kaipper Dias (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The main objective of this dissertation is to discuss the Palestinian shahidas' motivation. In this sense, it provides a historical contextualization of the conflict between Israel and Palestine and its origin, as well as an examination of the meaning of being a woman in the Islamic world. In a similar vein, it presents a historical discussion about the Shahadas' role in Islam and of its utilization as way of fighting, especially among women. Furthermore, it discusses what is being said about the Shahada practiced by woman, as well as the Palestinian shahidas in the occidental media and academic sphere. Through field research among the family-members of these shahidas from Palestine, it presents a counter-argument, as well as a perspective that gives a voice to the act of those women and shows the deep claim of the Palestinian people manifested in the act of Shahada. Seeking out this objective, it uses Bert Hellinger´s Systemic Theory as conceptual tool for analyzing in which way the situation of Palestinian conflict and the sorrow experienced as consequence may be determining in the motivation of the shahidas
Date of AwardOct 2011
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorEva Maria Von Kemnitz (Supervisor)


  • Shahada
  • Muslim woman
  • Palestinian conflict
  • Bert Hellinger`s sistemic theory


  • Mestrado em Estudos da Religião

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