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In Language That Vividly Evokes The Lush Summers Of Cairo And The Stark Beauty Of The Arabian Desert, Leila Ahmed Movingly Recounts Her Egyptian Childhood Growing Up In A Rich Tradition Of Islamic Women And Describes How She Eventually Came To Terms With Her Identity As A Feminist Living In America As A Young Woman In Cairo In The Forties And Fifties, Ahmed Witnessed Some Of The Major Transformations Of This Century—the End Of British Colonialism, The Rise Of Arab Nationalism, And The Breakdown Of Egypt's Once Multireligious Society As Today's Egypt Continues To Undergo Revolutionary Change, Ahmed's Inspirational Story Remains As Poignant And Relevant As Ever

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10 thoughts on “A Border Passage: From Cairo to America – A Woman's Journey

  1. says:

    This entire memoir is like an impressionist painting. Every page was breathtaking, whether it was the memory of the author as a child, lying under a starlit Alexandria sky with her grandmother on the 27th night of Ramadan, waiting for angels, or her many passages about her strained yet loving relationship with her mother. Leila Ahmed masterfully weaves history together with memory, and paints a picture of mid-20th century Egypt as a multilingual, religiously diverse nation unaffected by the tumultuous politics of the rest of the Middle East. And while I couldn't get enough of her beautiful childhood memories, the real worth of this novel comes from Ahmed's masterful deconstruction of the categorization of Egyptians as "Arab." She's a fierce critic of Arab nationalism, and uses the entire novel as a prelude to the final section where she sheds light on the politics behind the notion of Arabness. This is one of the best memoirs I've ever read, and I'll probably pick it up again soon enough.


  2. says:

    This book is really, really good. It starts a little slow and muddled but the speed at which it progresses is reflective of the author's sharpening of her outlook and identity. Reading this book, I realized how similar the experience of growing up in a British colony, Egypt, is to growing up as an immigrant, minority, and Muslim in America. She vividly portrays a conflicted sense of self with which I can identify strongly and resolves her sense of conflict in a way that is healing, even to me. This was an insightful and informative read.


  3. says:

    A Border Passage is a personal memoir of Ahmed's childhood in Cairo, her academic life in England, and her professional life in America. She weaves a beautifual story of the impact of imperialism and the Eygptian revolutions on her life and the life of her family. She struggles with racism when there was no such word. She brings the reader to a place of contemplation as they begin to see the world from a non-Western point of view.

    Ahmed is a skilled writer, able to a story that is intriguing and extremely eye-opening for Western readers. Each page I turned I learned just a bit, leaving me questioning many of my own perceptions about my childhood and adult life.

    A Border Passage explores many topics, most interesting to myself was an examination of women's Islam and whether Eygptians should be grouped into the label of Arab. These are two topics which are rarely discussed at cocktail parties, at least not in the Midwest, but worth examining further.

    Highly recommended for anyone wishing to learn more about Eygpt, Islam, and want Westerner's consider the Arab world.


  4. says:

    a beautifully conceived, articulated, and experienced memoir.


  5. says:

    I don't remember how I learned of this book, but it had been on my "to read" shelf for over a year. The book is a memoir of Leila Ahmed, an Egyptian author and feminist. It details her life beginning with the British occupation through current times. The book gives a glimpse of life for foreign students (for this woman, it was in England), and sheds light on Egypt's unique role in the Arab world. She also finishes with the feminist movement and her difficulty in relating this movement to a culture where women are rich in their historical and oral traditions yet so outwardly cloistered.

    The book is a little difficult to read in that the sentence structure and vocabulary are complex; but for anyone who has interest in Egypt or the Arab world, this book fills in a lot of information regarding life "Post Ottoman" through the development of the Arab League. The book is instructional, but also personal - a wonderful combination.


  6. says:

    The Women's National Book Association sent this book to the White House today (March 19) in honor of Women's History Month: https://www.wnba-centennial.org/book-...

    From the Women's National Book Association's press release:

    In this deeply personal and moving memoir, Laila Ahmed traces her transformation, along with that of her native Egypt, across six decades. A woman born in 1940 in Cairo into relative privilege and educated at Cambridge University as Egypt was undergoing radical political change, Ahmed eventually finds herself as an expatriate academic in New England in 1981. The personal story gains wider meaning as Ahmed explores her own story in the larger context of massive political, social, and cultural shifts—from the end of British colonialism to the rise of Arab nationalism in her native Egypt. The author’s afterword in this edition brings the story up to date, as she reflects on the promise and turbulence of the Arab Spring.


  7. says:

    You know how they say there is a right time to read a certain book?

    I definitely picked up Leila Ahmed’s memoir „A Border Passage: From Cairo to America - A Woman’s Journey“ at the perfect moment. I had just returned from Egypt and was in desperate need of a consoling read as I was missing Egypt in the midst of a grim Berlin winter.

    Leila Ahmed is a Harvard Professor specialized in Islam and Islamic feminism. In her memoir, she reviews her life beginning in Cairo where she was born in 1940, being a student at Cambridge and ultimately settling in the US.

    I absolutely, very much enjoyed this book. It has everything: It is written beautifully and has a gripping story. While looking back at her life Ahmed touches on many topics and shares her smart and enriching thoughts on them:
    On identifying as Egyptian rather than Arab, how it was Arab nationalism under Nasser that suddenly forced Egyptians to identify as Arab, how - before that - it was the British colonialists who promoted Arab nationalism in the Middle East to enforce their own interests.

    She speaks of her father, who was a critic of the construction of the high dam in Asswan, her encounters with racism as a student in Cambridge at a time when there was no language yet to describe racism and her experiences with white feminism as a young professor in the US.

    She also offers her views on „Women’s Islam“ - a practice that differs significantly from official Islam that has been dubbed by men and which she elaborates on in her book "Gender and Women in Islam". I think I made a point of how rich and enriching this memoir is.
    Lastly, I would like to share my fav quote: „I found myself thinking enviously that this was what I would like to be writing, something that would affirm my community in exile. Something that would remind its members of how lovely our lives, our countries, our ways are. How lovely our literature. What a fine thing, whatever it is people say of us, what a fine thing it is, in spite of them all, to be Arab; what a wonderful heritage we have. Something that would sustain them. Sustain us.“ (p 253)
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  8. says:

    This book took me a long time to read. It was the author's story essentially of the geography of her life, beginning in Cairo after WW2, when Egypt was still under British colonial rule. The author came from an upper class background, and discussed the ease and enjoyment of her early life. Then came the revolution, and things changed. Still, she was able to leave Egypt for an education, but at that point discovered that she was "black" - and not upper class British or French. She goes on to discuss the revelations of how race, ethnicity, gender, and social status affected not only her outlook on life, but the circumstances under which she lived. After earning her PhD she worked in Dubai, aiming to include women within the newly setup education system. This led her to Women's Studies which she taught in the US - learning that first world women have a different outlook from third world women on the meaning of this discipline.

    This particularly interested me as I remembered some of the newspaper articles from International Women's Year in 1975, discussing the dichotomy women's issues in the Western world vs. the third world.

    As I am currently unused to reading books without a mystery or plot, this took me extra effort and time to read. And in spite of the fact that I am also unused to reading books that challenge my intellect, I found the effort very worth while.


  9. says:

    This is an intellectually stimulating and beautifully memoir. It reflects the formative moments of Leila Ahmed's life while simultaneously investigating questions of imperialism, culture, religion, identity, feminism, race, literacy, politics, literature, Egypt, and Arabness at a level exceptionally perceptive and thorough. Ahmed draws a complex portrait of her childhood in Egypt and experiences in British academia. Her critical eye and articulate voice combine to form a rich memoir, one which perhaps leaves the reader with more questions that he or she started with, in realization of the complexity of the issues Ahmed takes on.


  10. says:

    Leila Ahmed is a terrific writer, but I have the same problems with her memoir that I have with memoirs in general. Memoirs, in my opinion, only work as a part of some larger context than one's self, and while Ahmed does better than most, she still gets bogged down in personal minutiae that bare little relevance to that context and, ultimately, bore the shit out of me. Her best work comes toward the end, when she really dug in to the point of her memoir: searching for her identity as a feminist Muslim at the end of European colonialism in Egypt. If she stuck more ardently to this context throughout, this book would have been a real winner.


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