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Nadia, captive of hope : memoir of an Arab woman
Kanafani, Fay Afaf.
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Publication Information:
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxxii, 346 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
"An East gate book."

Includes index.
Reading Level:
1020 Lexile.
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E184.A65 K36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A rare feminist perspective on a people and a culture in one of the most tumultuous regions in the world, Nadia, Captive of Hope is the autobiography of Fay Afaf Kanafani, an Arab Muslim woman born in Beirut in 1918.

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Booklist Review

An Arab Muslim woman born in Beirut in 1918 weaves together reflections on her personal struggle for independence with an account of her extended family's dislocation in the violent political upheavals of the Middle East. As Lisa Majaj points out in her insightful introduction, this is no simplistic account of an Islamic woman rescued by the West. Nadia's family is both oppressive and supportive. Forced into an arranged marriage as a young teenager, she feels little for her husband but loves her in-laws more than her own selfish parents. Later, she is torn between passionate love for another man and loyalty to her children, and she struggles for education and a career. Most moving is the account of how her privileged family is suddenly uprooted by the Jewish takeover of their home in Haifa. Part of the Foremother Legacies series, this holds you less as literary memoir than as a candid autobiography that opens up our history. --Hazel Rochman

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Notesp. xxx
Nadia Captive of Hopep. 1
Afterwordp. 335
Glossaryp. 339
Indexp. 341