Nadia, Captive of Hope: Memoir of an Arab Woman

TitleNadia, Captive of Hope: Memoir of an Arab Woman
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsKanafani, Fay Afaf
Number of Pages346
PublisherM. E. Sharpe
CityArmonk, NY

A rare feminist perspective on a people and a culture in one of the most tumultuous regions in the world, this volume is the autobiography of Fay Afaf Kanafani (1918-2017). In this volume, 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. 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.

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