By Judith Caesar
Through the Eighties, Judith Caesar taught literature in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Her aptly titled e-book deals one woman's view of numerous political powder kegs that did not make entrance web page information and of the conflict among Western and heart japanese customs. An open-minded nature and interest concerning the position of girls in cultures that appear wildly restrictive to many Westerners is helping Caesar deconstruct stereotypes on each side of the border. the yank tv convey Dallas, she notes, now in perpetual rerun in lots of nations, has develop into a gold mine of incorrect information on Western ladies. Likewise, our squeamishness approximately prepared marriage belies many of the within tale shared via her scholars. One plans to land "a reliable mood guy" by way of asking a suitor's sister to bare his actual temperament. And if he does not have a sister? "Then do not marry him," comes the fast answer. "He hasn't ever discovered approximately women."
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Imagine a campus fast-food restaurant during the lunch crush if there were only one serving line and one cashier instead of half a dozen and if the patrons could select the wrapped sandwiches themselves instead of having a food worker hand the sandwiches to them. Worse, because many of the students could talk to their friends face-to-face only at school, the line was also clogged with students just chatting. They seldom went out in public and were not allowed to drive, remember, and those who had a driver normally had to share his services with the other women in their families.
They were afraid to send Saudis. They were afraid their own soldiers wouldn't fire on women and children in a mosque. Maybe the soldiers weren't Americans, but they were Western. " "I don't think there are American soldiers here," I said. " "They keep it very quiet," he told me. Ten years later, in the days leading up to the 1990 Gulf War, Prince Bandar took the CBS 60 Minutes crew on a tour of American military bases all across Saudi Arabia. Apparently, Ahmed knew what he was talking about. I also checked what he said about the history of the Saud family.
Rasheed looked safesafer, in fact, than a lot of the kids I had known in college who smoked pot and muttered about revolution. Zainab, my Egyptian colleague and neighbor, was another story. She was not an imitation anything. She wore embroidered and appliqued gellebeyahs and could speak with equal authority on George Meredith's heroines and Sadat's economic policies. The former, she told me, surpassed Henry James in his understanding of women, and the latter surpassed Hoover in his devastation of a country's economy.