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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 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 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 once multireligious society As today's Egypt continues to undergo revolutionary change Ahmed's inspirational story remains as poignant and relevant as ever


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    This entire memoir is like an impressionist painting Every page was breathtaking whether it was the memory of the author as a child lying under a starlit Alexandria sky with her grandmother on the 27th night of Ramadan waiting for angels or her many passages about her strained yet loving relationship with her mother 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 And while I couldn't get enough of her beautiful childhood memories the real worth of this novel comes from Ahmed's masterful deconstruction of the categorization of Egyptians as Arab She's a fierce critic of Arab nationalism and uses the entire novel as a prelude to the final section where she sheds light on the politics behind the notion of Arabness This is one of the best memoirs I've ever read and I'll probably pick it up again soon enough