For the egypt of leila ahmeds childhooda realm that tolerated and even admired the european society of the british colonizers, a country that embraced its varied population and that for decades functioned under king farouk as a leila ahmed a border passage new york: the viking press, 1999. Ahmed's encounters with other middle eastern colleagues in england and her visit to abu dhabi in the united arab emirates makes her furthermore realize that being an egyptian is actually different from being an review of ahmed, leila, a border passage: from cairo to america--a woman's journey. A border passage leila ahmed liste: a border passage: from cairo to america--a woman's journey an egyptian woman's reflections on her changing homeland—updated with an afterword on the arab springin language that vividly evokes the lush summers of cairo and the stark beauty of the. Leila ahmed's autobiography is a well-crafted, multifaceted gem, shining with an integrity all its own and that makes it a difficult book for me to summarize and review while leila ahmed's memoir is little better than, say, hoda shaarawi's, it's still condescending, upper-class egyptian feminism.
Ahmed's story will be an inspiration to anyone who has ever struggled to define their own cultural identity judy d (jdt) reviewed a border passage : from cairo to america--a woman's journey on 12/16/2005 + 109 more book reviews. Professor leila ahmed - a border passage ebook an egyptian woman's reflections on her changing homeland--updated with an afterword on the arab springin language that vividly evokes the lush summers of cairo and the stark beauty of the arabian desert, leila ahmed movingly recounts her. Produced and directed by charles halton leila ahmed is the victor s thomas professor of divinity at harvard divinity school, and was the first professor of. Leila ahmed (arabic: لیلى أحمد born 1940) is an egyptian-american scholar of islam in 1992 she published her book women and gender in islam, which is regarded as a seminal historical analysis of the position of women in arab muslim societies.
Author(s) by leila ahmed publication data june 5th 2000 by penguin (non-classics) (first 1999. A border passage from cairo to america-a woman's journey by leila ahmed 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. Ahmed examines these events, questioning various cultural frameworks she has encountered: the men- only mosques where the classical koran is taught, the white male template of cambridge, and the written culture so different from the fluid oral traditions she examined on a sojourn in abu dhabi. I nearly gave up on leila ahmed's memoir a border passage after a lovely, quiet opening that describes the wind in the trees at the house on ahmed is nothing if not a serious academic, which makes it especially interesting to hear her voice such a strong defense of oral versus written expression.
Islamic feminist, leila ahmed's memoir, a border passage: from cairo to america-a woman's journey, starts with ahmed's childhood in an upper-class cairene family and ends with her becoming a professor of women's studies and near eastern studies at the university of massachusetts amherst. Booksgoogleby - leila ahmed grew up in cairo in the 1940s and '50s in a family that was eagerly and passionately political although many in the egyptian upper classes were firmly opposed to change, the ahmeds were proud supporters of independence. Leila ahmed is a wonderful scholar and has made innumerable contributions to the field of middle eastern/islamic gender studies, but this book is alas sep 30, 2011jacki rated it 4 of 5 stars a border passage is a personal memoir of ahmed's childhood in cairo, her academic life in england, and her. Professor leila ahmed the author of women and gender in islam offers a thought-provoking memoir of her own odyssey from an egyptian muslim childhood, to her struggle to define herself as a woman, a muslim, an egyptian, arab, and feminist show more. In a border passage,leila ahmed searches for the meaning of her identity as a woman, an arab, and an egyptian, as well as an understanding of how being in those categories shapes her place in the world as a child, she moves unthinkingly between the imaginative realm of her home, the women's.
Leila ahmed, a border passage: from cairo to america - a woman's journey a border passage, is the story of her intellectual and emotional journey from a advantaged childhood in post-world war ii egypt to cambridge university in the sixties and finally to the united states, where she. A border passage introduction how leila finds her groove (and then loses it) all the best movies start with a soaring soundtrack but lucky for you, oh reader of leila ahmed's groundbreaking text, a border passage is the kind of autobiography that smashes genre walls even as it blows your mind.
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. Leila ahmed (arabic: لیلى احمد) is an egyptian american professor of women's studies and religion at the harvard divinity school in her 1999 memoir a border passage, ahmed describes her multicultural cairene upbringing and her adult life as an expatriate and an immigrant in the west. Topics ahmed, leila, ahmed, leila, women, muslim women, women in islam, egyptians, feminism, meisjes, vrouwen, islam, culturele verschillen, geleerden, feminisme, femmes, musulmanes, femmes dans l'islam, égyptiens, féminisme publisher new york : penguin books. Article excerpt drawing on nawar al-hassan golley's thesis that women's autobiographies and memoirs feature a social rather than an individualistic self, this paper examines the memoirs of two prominent egyptian women, huda shaarawi and leila ahmed.
A border passage is not a typical autobiography it has many elements of an autobiography, but it is also a book of well reasoned essays on some of the most difficult aspects of the history of egypt and its culture essays on islam, imperialism and on the identity and language of egypt leila ahmed recount. Sample essay topic, essay writing: a border passage by leila ahmed - 628 words it was as if there were to life itself a excellence of music in that time, the for the egypt of leila ahmeds childhooda realm that tolerated and even admired the european society of the british colonizers, a country that.
Leila ahmed begins her autobiography, a border passage: from cairo to america a woman's journey, it was as if there were to life itself a quality of music, immediately entrenching the spirit of her early life story in the senses, in instinct-the tools that, above all else, enable her and the reader to. 213860815-a-border-passage-pdf - a border passage chapter school george mason university 13/11/13 a border passage wwwnytimescom/books/first/a/ahmed-borderhtml 1/7 chapter one a border passage from cairo to america -- a woman's journey by leila. Leila ahmed's autobiography is a well-crafted, multifaceted gem, shining with an integrity all its own and that makes it a difficult book for me to summarize and review i heartily recommend border passage for a wide variety of readers those interested in understanding gender and womanhood.