By Ahdaf Soueif
From the bestselling writer of the Booker Prize finalist The Map of Love–an incisive selection of essays on Arab id, artwork, and politics that seeks to find the mezzaterra, or universal floor, in an more and more globalized world.
The twenty-five years’ worthy of feedback and remark gathered right here have earned Ahdaf Soueif a spot between our so much well known Arab intellectuals. Clear-eyed and passionate, and syndicated in the course of the global, they're the direct results of Soueif’s personal conditions of being “like thousands of others: individuals with an Arab or a Muslim historical past doing day-by-day double-takes whilst confronted with their mirrored image in a western mirror.” even if an account of traveling Palestine and coming into the Noble Sanctuary for the 1st time, an interpretation of girls who decide to put on the veil, or her post—September eleven reflections, Soueif’s clever, fearless, deeply proficient essays include the fashionable look for identification and neighborhood.
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What I have tried to do throughout is to establish a direct and authentic channel between the reader of English and the perceptions, feelings and ideas of the people whose countries — whose lives, in fact — are the main theatre in which the dramas of the last several years have been played out. In doing this I have hoped to help in demythologising the representation of the Muslim and the Arab and to place the current conflicts in the arena where they belong: politics and economics. I have hoped to add my voice to those of Edward Said and other obstinate inhabitants of the common ground.
Regimes that have balked at the American line have been branded ‘rogue’ and sanctioned. Yet this unquestioning pro-Israeli stance was becoming problematic. Awareness of the plight of the Palestinian people and the injustice done them had begun to increase in the US through the alternative media, the Internet and the efforts of second-generation Arab Americans. The day might have come when American taxpayers realised that the billions of dollars they were paying to subsidise Israel were simply buying them the anger of the Arabs and the Muslims and nudging them out of step with the rest of the world.
A few Westerners inhabited it too: Lucy Duff Gordon was one, Wilfred Scawen Blunt another. My parents’ generation are still around to tell how they held on to their admiration for the thought and discipline of the West, its literature and music, while working for an end to the West’s occupation of their lands. My mother, for example, who had fallen in love with the literature of Britain at school, and who could not be appointed English lecturer at Cairo University until the British had left, did not consider that rejecting British imperialism involved rejecting English literature.