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A Border Passage: From Cairo to America--A Woman's Journey

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In language that vividly evokes the lush summers of Cairo and the stark beauty of the Arabian desert, Leila Ahmed tells a moving tale of her Egyptian childhood growing up in a rich tradition of Islamic women and describes how she eventually came to terms with her identity as a feminist living in America.

As a young woman in Cairo in the 1940s and '50s, Ahmed witnessed some of the major transformations of this centurythe end of British colonialism, the creation of Israel, the rise of Arab nationalism, and the breakdown of Egypt's once multireligious society. Amid the turmoil, she searched to define herselfand to see how the world defined heras a woman, a Muslim, an Egyptian, and an Arab. In this memoir, she poignantly reflects upon issues of language, race, and nationality, while unveiling the hidden world of women's Islam. Ahmed's story wil be an inspiration to anyone who has ever struggled to define their own cultural identity.

Synopsis:

In a language that vividly evokes the lush summers of Cairo and the stark beauty of the Arabian desert, Ahmed tells a moving tale of her Egyptian childhood growing up in a rich tradition of Islamic women and describes how she eventually came to terms with her identity as a feminist living in America.

Synopsis:

An Egyptian woman's reflections on her changing homeland—updated with an afterword on the Arab Spring

In language that vividly evokes the lush summers of Cairo and the stark beauty of the Arabian desert, Leila Ahmed movingly recounts her Egyptian childhood growing up in a rich tradition of Islamic women and describes how she eventually came to terms with her identity as a feminist living in America. As a young woman in Cairo in the forties and fifties, Ahmed witnessed some of the major transformations of this century—the end of British colonialism, the rise of Arab nationalism, and the breakdown of Egypt's once multireligious society. As today's Egypt continues to undergo revolutionary change, Ahmed's inspirational story remains as poignant and relevant as ever.

About the Author

Leila Ahmed is the first professor of Women's Studies and Religion at Harvard Divinity School. She is the author of Women and Gender in Islam, and the memoir, A Border Passage.

Table of Contents

Part I: In the House of Memory

1. Egypt: The Background

2. From Colonial to Postcolonial

3. In Expectation of Angels

4. Transitions

5. Harem

6. School Days

7. Suez

8. The Harem Perfected?

Part II: "Running from the Flames That Lit the Sky"

9. Penalties of Dissent

10. In the Groves of White Academe

11. On Becoming an Arab

12. From Abu Dhabi to America

Epilogue: Cairo Moments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140291834
Subtitle:
From Cairo to America--A Woman's Journey
Author:
Ahmed, Leila
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Women in islam
Subject:
Muslim women
Subject:
Egyptians.
Subject:
Islam - General
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
4925-S
Publication Date:
20000601
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.70x5.01x.69 in. .49 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , In a language that vividly evokes the lush summers of Cairo and the stark beauty of the Arabian desert, Ahmed tells a moving tale of her Egyptian childhood growing up in a rich tradition of Islamic women and describes how she eventually came to terms with her identity as a feminist living in America.
"Synopsis" by ,

An Egyptian woman's reflections on her changing homeland—updated with an afterword on the Arab Spring

In language that vividly evokes the lush summers of Cairo and the stark beauty of the Arabian desert, Leila Ahmed movingly recounts her Egyptian childhood growing up in a rich tradition of Islamic women and describes how she eventually came to terms with her identity as a feminist living in America. As a young woman in Cairo in the forties and fifties, Ahmed witnessed some of the major transformations of this century—the end of British colonialism, the rise of Arab nationalism, and the breakdown of Egypt's once multireligious society. As today's Egypt continues to undergo revolutionary change, Ahmed's inspirational story remains as poignant and relevant as ever.

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