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A Border Passage: From Cairo to America--A Woman's Journey (original 1999; edition 2000)
by Leila Ahmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140291830, Paperback)
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 century—the 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 herself—and to see how the world defined her—as 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.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:24:20 -0400)
Ahmed describes the political upheaval that motivated her to leave Egypt, and explains how her experiences shaped her ideas about language, nationalism, feminism, and religion
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