Teta, Mother, & Me: Three Generations of Arab Women

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Teta, Mother, and Me: Three Generations of Arab Women

Jean Said Makdisi

Publisher: W. W. Norton & CompanyFormat: Paperback

In this “beautifully written memoir” (Publishers Weekly), Jean Said Makdisi illuminates a century of Arab life and history through the stories of her mother, Hilda Musa Said, and her Teta, “Granny” Munira Badr Musa. Against the backdrop of the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the rise of Arab nationalism, the founding of Israel, the Suez crisis, the Arab-Israeli wars, and civil war in Beirut, she reveals the extraordinary courage of these ordinary women, while rethinking the notions of “traditional” and “modern,” “East” and “West.” With a loving eye, acute intelligence, and elegant, impassioned prose, Makdisi has written “much more than a memoir,” rather “an embrace of history and culture” (Cleveland Plain Dealer).

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