Crossing Borders: An American Woman in the Middle East by Judith Caesar

By Judith Caesar

Through the Eighties, Judith Caesar taught literature in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Her aptly titled booklet deals one woman's view of a number of political powder kegs that did not make entrance web page information and of the conflict among Western and heart jap customs. An open-minded nature and interest in regards to 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 exhibit Dallas, she notes, now in perpetual rerun in lots of international locations, has turn into a gold mine of incorrect information on Western girls. Likewise, our squeamishness approximately prepared marriage belies a number of the inside of tale shared by means of her scholars. One plans to land "a sturdy mood guy" via 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 rapid answer. "He hasn't ever discovered approximately women."

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They lose their heads. They lose themselves. Although it is too glib to say that sometime in 1981, I found myself in Saudi Arabia, at least I can say that by asking questions, I gradually became sufficiently unlost to begin to see where I was. Page 10 2 Souk Soon after I arrived in Riyadh and moved into an apartment on Khazzan Street, I learned that I could alleviate my boredom and disorientation by means other than standing on the dusty balcony of my apartment building looking out at the dustier street.

But most of all, I want to thank my colleagues, friends, and students in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, who helped me to understand both literature and the world better. I have changed their names and the details of their lives to protect their privacy, but they know who they are, and I thank them. D. in American literature from Case Western Reserve University. She taught for five years in Saudi Arabia and was a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American literature in Egypt. Her articles and book reviews about the Middle East have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Progressive, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

East and West. I. Title. II. Series. 00413dc21 97-3686 Manufactured in the United States of America Page v CONTENTS Acknowledgments vii Saudi Arabia: 19811983 1. Getting Lost, Getting Unlost 3 2. Souk 10 3. All the News That's Fit to Print 16 4. Veils Beyond Veils 25 5. Borderline Women 31 6. Home 44 Egypt: 19851986 7. Cairo 51 8. Official Egyptians 56 9. Class Wars 60 10. Conversations with Adla 65 11. Going Down to Upper Egypt 78 12. Escaping the Tribe 87 13. Twain on the Nile 100 14. Misreadings 111 Page vi Saudi Arabia: 19871990 15.

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