Leila Ahmed masterfully weaves history together with memory, and paints a picture of mid-20th century Egypt as a multilingual, religiously diverse nation unaffected by the tumultuous politics of the rest of the Middle East. She is also reads a lot of western literature as she is young. Each page I turned I learned just a bit, leaving me questioning many of my own perceptions about my childhood and adult life. Thi s was th e comm on eth os amon g other Mi ddle Easterners, too. Ahmed's father has legitimate environmental concerns, but his opposition costs him dearly, as he is persecuted by the government for the rest of his life. They are Arab nationalism and misconception of the Islam religion by the west. Initially, the aims of the revolutionaries in Egypt—ending corruption, injustice, and poverty through progressive social reform—seemed to represent a positive change.
The garden is beyond magical and clearly the best thing about the house. Karima also found herself in an unhappy marriage, but since she had married on her own terms and knew how to invoke an Islamic law that would allow her to divorce, Karima was able to negotiate her way out of an untenable situation. But what, then, was the message of Zatoun? She draws Ahmed into a community of women that will forever influence Ahmed's view on Islamic culture. Fearing competition from the increasingly prosperous nation under its rule, however, the British reigned in the full modernization of Egypt well into the twentieth century. She found herself a woman in authority in a male-ordered world, dependent on the community of native women for support. Later, he will be harassed by authorities and have his bank account frozen. We started this interesting book in our reading group but I got caught up in too much else and, alas, it got laid by the wayside as so many books before it and since have done.
Ahmed 172 observes that this gave Nasser room to do whatever he wanted without any restriction. Ahmed, 120 -I thought this quote was important because it shows the role of women being secondary to men. It w as taken for granted among the people who raised us that there was unquestionably much to admire in and learn from the civilization of Europe and the great strides that Europe had made in human advancement. She arrived in the end as an ardent but critical feminist with an insider's understanding of multiculturalism and religious pluralism. Yet when Border Patrol conducted a federal background check on him to participate in the late-2017 ceremony, no red flags came up.
Grad school is a whole different ball of wax from Girton College. Um Said is the only servant welcome in the salon of women over which Grandmother presides. It was such a pleasu This rare and wonderful book reminds me I'm normally too generous with 5 star ratings! It was a really interesting memoir about growing up in Egypt and coming, ultimately, to the west where freedoms for women are a given as opposed to an unthinkable. She recognizes the growing influence of a group called the Muslim Brotherhood, which stands in opposition to colonialism and Western influence in the Middle East. At h ome m y parents' heroes were Gandhi and, to a l esse r exten t, Nehru , as wel l as th e l eaders of Eg yp t's own stru gg l e f or i nde pen den ce, such as Saad Zaghloul. I was assigned this book for a class I took three years ago about the history of the modern Middle East, but then it was removed from the syllabus before classes began.
Our dog, Frankie, could detect it long before we could, when the car was still almost two miles away. And all the fascinations and internal and ideological as well as political contradictions this created for Leila. She takes you through the political situations and problems that shaped what Cairo has developed into today. Her search touched on questions of language and nationalism, on differences between men's and women's ways of knowing, and on vastly different interpretations of Islam. Reading this book, I realized how similar the experience of growing up in a British colony, Egypt, is to growing up as an immigrant, minority, and Muslim in America. She questions and revises her childhood view of her mother as useless and rejecting as well as the definitions applied to her as a grad student in England as a black colonial woman. She arrived in the end as an ardent but critical feminist with an insider's understanding of multiculturalism and religious pluralism.
Ahmed constantly finds herself in places where cultures intersect, clash, or inform each other, from her childhood in an English school in Cairo to her young adulthood in England to her experience as an academic in the United States. It was a really interesting memoir about growing up in Egypt and coming, ultimately, to the west where freedoms for women are a given as opposed to an unthinkable. They get married while Ahmed's mother is at Cambridge. . It was as if there were to life itself a quality of music in that time, the era of my childhood, and in that place, the remote edge of Cairo.
I absolutely, very much enjoyed this book. She brings the reader to a place of contemplation as they begin to see the world from a non-Western point of view. With the tumultuous political scene as a backdrop, Ahmed remembers life at Ain Shams. Aida was stuck in the unhappy marriage because she was a woman and her father would not have her divorcing. She vividly portrays a conflicted sense of self with which I can identify strongly and resolves her sense of conflict in a way that is healing, even to me.
Ahmed takes the time to introduce you to the life she lived as a young girl in Cairo. Ahmed is a skilled writer, able to a story that is intriguing and extremely eye-opening for Western readers. That is what I thought then. The Women's National Book Association sent this book to the White House today March 19 in honor of Women's History Month: From the Women's National Book Association's press release: In this deeply personal and moving memoir, Laila Ahmed traces her transformation, along with that of her native Egypt, across six decades. Grandmother arranged Um Said's marriage, and though her husband has taken another wife, Um Said is still reluctant to divorce him.
Ahmed now finds it harder to compose an identity with as much of her Cairo roots she would like. However, she does find her new environment exciting and intellectually stimulating, and even as she endeavors to make a contribution to her the world of ideas in her new home, she never turns her back on her Egyptian heritage. But at graduation, another professor gave me a new copy of this book, and I took it as a sign that I should finally read Ahmed's book. From Nanny, Ahmed adopts a reverent attitude for the world of the unseen, a world of ghosts and angels drawn from Nanny's deep Christian faith. Ahmed and her mother have a conflicted relationship, partially because of an incident that occurs when Ahmed is younger than ten.
Situated in North Africa, Egypt shares borders with Libya, Sudan, and Israel. Ahmed notes the similarities between the oral traditions in Judaism and Islam, further reinforcing the way that major world faiths are compatible and consistent with each other, rather than at odds. More precisely, he was put down, although this was kept from me at the time. He sticks so firm to his decision that he even publishes a book with the same message of opposition against this project. And yet al so, a s I sit here now, in these hall s, in thi s house of mem ory, it is not in those days and those moments that my story begins.