The play Maryam: A Woman of Bethlehem is the outcome of Dr. Rue's Fulbright research project (Fall 2018) in Bethlehem, Palestinian Occupied Territories. Rue taught at Dar Al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture (DAK) in Bethlehem, and interviewed thirty Palestinian Christians and Muslims, posing the initial question “Who is Mary/Maryam in twenty-first-century Bethlehem?” The Christian Mary, mother of Jesus, in Islam is Maryam, mother of Isa the prophet. She is deeply venerated in both communities. Palestinians offered their stories, speaking of their customs and daily lives using the iconic figure of Mary/Maryam.

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