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Title:
Remembering childhood in the Middle East : memoirs from a century of change
Author:
Fernea, Elizabeth Warnock, 1927-2008.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Austin, Tex. : University of Texas Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
viii, 354 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm
General Note:
Some essays translated from Arabic or French, and previously published.
Language:
English
Contents:
The end of the Ottoman Empire (1923) / Mohammed Fadhel Jamali (Iraq) ; Nazik Jawdat (Syria/Lebanon) ; Charles Issawi (Egypt) ; Mansur al-Hazimi (Saudi Arabia) ; Janset Shami (Jordan) ; Selma Khadra Jayyusi (Palestine) -- European colonial rule and the rise of Arab nationalism (1830-1967) -- Establishment of the state of Israel (1948) / Hoda Naamani (Syria/Lebanon) ; Yildiray Erdener (Turkey) ; Hassan Aziz Hassan (Egypt) ; Basima Bezirgan (Iraq) ; Afaf Lutfi al-Sayyid Marsot (Egypt) ; Mohammed Ghanoonparvar (Iran) ; Avraham Zilkha (Israel) ; Halim Barakat (Syria/Lebanon) ; Güneli Gün (Turkey) ; Zbida Shetlan (Tunisia) ; Mahnaz Afkhami (Iran) -- New nations (1952-1963) -- Oil wealth and OPEC (1973) -- Israeli-Palestinian wars (1967, 1973) -- Camp David treaty (1979) -- Iranian revolution (1979) / Salah-Dine Hammoud (Morocco) ; Saif Abbas Dehrab (Kuwait) ; Hamza al-Din (Egypt) ; Akile Gursoy (Turkey) ; Rafiq Abdul Rahman (Palestine) ; Abdul Aziz Abbassi (Morocco) ; Fedwa Malti-Douglas (Lebanon) ; Awad Abdelrahim Abdelgader (Sudan) ; Ali Eftekari (Iran) -- The post-colonial Middle East (1971) / Shafeeq N. Ghabra (Kuwait) ; Maysoon Pachachi (Iraq) ; Esther Raizen (Israel) ; Lilia Labidi (Tunisia) ; Suad Joseph (Lebanon/United States) ; Abdelaziz Jadir (Morocco) ; Nahid Rachlin (Iran) ; Mustafa Mirzeler (Turkey/Kurdistan) ; Leila Abouzeid (Morocco) ; Ronda Abou-Bakr (Egypt).
ISBN:
9780292725461

9780292725478
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Summary

Growing up is a universal experience, but the particularities of homeland, culture, ethnicity, religion, family, and so on make every childhood unique. To give Western readers insight into what growing up in the Middle East was like in the twentieth century, this book gathers thirty-six original memoirs written by Middle Eastern men and women about their own childhoods. Elizabeth Warnock Fernea, a well-known writer of books and documentary films about women and the family in the Middle East, has collected stories of childhoods spent in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey. The accounts span the entire twentieth century, a full range of ethnicities and religions, and the social spectrum from aristocracy to peasantry. They are grouped by eras, for which Fernea provides a concise historical sketch, and include a brief biography of each contributor. The introduction by anthropologist Robert A. Fernea sets the memoirs in the larger context of Middle Eastern life and culture. As a collection, the memoirs offer an unprecedented opportunity to look at the same period in history in the same region of the worl


Summary

Growing up is a universal experience, but the particularities of homeland, culture, ethnicity, religion, family, and so on make every childhood unique. To give Western readers insight into what growing up in the Middle East was like in the twentieth century, this book gathers thirty-six original memoirs written by Middle Eastern men and women about their own childhoods.

Elizabeth Warnock Fernea, a well-known writer of books and documentary films about women and the family in the Middle East, has collected stories of childhoods spent in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey. The accounts span the entire twentieth century, a full range of ethnicities and religions, and the social spectrum from aristocracy to peasantry. They are grouped by eras, for which Fernea provides a concise historical sketch, and include a brief biography of each contributor. The introduction by anthropologist Robert A. Fernea sets the memoirs in the larger context of Middle Eastern life and culture.

As a collection, the memoirs offer an unprecedented opportunity to look at the same period in history in the same region of the world from a variety of very different remembered experiences. At times dramatic, humorous, or tragic, and always deeply felt, the memoirs document the diversity and richness of people's lives in the modern Middle East.


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Choice Review

There are not many books on children in the Middle East. To remedy this, Fernea (Univ. of Texas, Austin) brings together 36 autobiographical notes from men and women of Middle Eastern origins, representing eight ethnic groups in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Palestine, Israel, Iran, Tunisia, Morocco, Kuwait, and Sudan. Authors were asked to write about their childhood as they wished, thus producing a variety of styles and topical coverage. All contributions reconstruct the childhood experiences of a generation of well-educated and successful men and women who were either educated in the West or had close contact with it (a third have had some connection with author's institution). They all have witnessed the transitions of their native countries to modern societies over the past century. The century-long coverage and prominent roles of some of the subjects result in historical documentation of key events, helpful to both general readers and historians. Fernea's periodization and introduction to each period help to contextualize these autobiographies. Though not as representative as it could have been, this is an excellent collection by a scholar who has spent her lifetime learning about women and children in the Middle East. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. A. Mahdi Ohio Wesleyan University


Choice Review

There are not many books on children in the Middle East. To remedy this, Fernea (Univ. of Texas, Austin) brings together 36 autobiographical notes from men and women of Middle Eastern origins, representing eight ethnic groups in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Palestine, Israel, Iran, Tunisia, Morocco, Kuwait, and Sudan. Authors were asked to write about their childhood as they wished, thus producing a variety of styles and topical coverage. All contributions reconstruct the childhood experiences of a generation of well-educated and successful men and women who were either educated in the West or had close contact with it (a third have had some connection with author's institution). They all have witnessed the transitions of their native countries to modern societies over the past century. The century-long coverage and prominent roles of some of the subjects result in historical documentation of key events, helpful to both general readers and historians. Fernea's periodization and introduction to each period help to contextualize these autobiographies. Though not as representative as it could have been, this is an excellent collection by a scholar who has spent her lifetime learning about women and children in the Middle East. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. A. Mahdi Ohio Wesleyan University


Table of Contents

Preface
IntroductionRobert A. Fernea
Narratives
The End of the Ottoman Empire (1923)Mohammed Fadhel Jamali and Nazik Jawdat and Charles Issawi and Mansur al-Hazimi and Janset Shami and Selma Khadra Jayyusi
European Colonial Rule and the Rise of Arab Nationalism (1830-1967)
Establishment of the State of Israel (1948)Hoda Naamani and YIldIray Erdener and Hassan Aziz Hassan and Basima Bezirgan and Afaf Lutfi al-Sayyid Marsot and Mohammed Ghanoonparvar and Avraham Zilkha and Halim Barakat and Guneli Gun and Zbida Shetlan and Mahnaz Afkhami
New Nations (1952-1963)
Oil Wealth and OPEC (1973- )
Israeli-Palestinian Wars (1967, 1973)
Camp David Treaty (1979)
Iranian Revolution (1979)Salah-Dine Hammoud and Saif Abbas Dehrab and Hamza al-Din and Akile Gursoy and Rafiq Abdul Rahman and Abdul Aziz Abbassi and Fedwa Malti-Douglas and Awad Abdelrahim Abdelgader and Ali Eftekari
The Post-Colonial Middle East (1971- )Shafeeq N. Ghabra and Maysoon Pachachi and Esther Raizen and Lilia Labidi and Suad Joseph and Abdelaziz Jadir and Nahid Rachlin and Mustafa Mirzeler and Leila Abouzeid and Ronda Abou-Bakr
Preface
IntroductionRobert A. Fernea
Narratives
The End of the Ottoman Empire (1923)Mohammed Fadhel Jamali and Nazik Jawdat and Charles Issawi and Mansur al-Hazimi and Janset Shami and Selma Khadra Jayyusi
European Colonial Rule and the Rise of Arab Nationalism (1830-1967)
Establishment of the State of Israel (1948)Hoda Naamani and YIldIray Erdener and Hassan Aziz Hassan and Basima Bezirgan and Afaf Lutfi al-Sayyid Marsot and Mohammed Ghanoonparvar and Avraham Zilkha and Halim Barakat and Guneli Gun and Zbida Shetlan and Mahnaz Afkhami
New Nations (1952-1963)
Oil Wealth and OPEC (1973- )
Israeli-Palestinian Wars (1967, 1973)
Camp David Treaty (1979)
Iranian Revolution (1979)Salah-Dine Hammoud and Saif Abbas Dehrab and Hamza al-Din and Akile Gursoy and Rafiq Abdul Rahman and Abdul Aziz Abbassi and Fedwa Malti-Douglas and Awad Abdelrahim Abdelgader and Ali Eftekari
The Post-Colonial Middle East (1971- )Shafeeq N. Ghabra and Maysoon Pachachi and Esther Raizen and Lilia Labidi and Suad Joseph and Abdelaziz Jadir and Nahid Rachlin and Mustafa Mirzeler and Leila Abouzeid and Ronda Abou-Bakr