I am not that Woman in a burqa
A Palestinian novelist remembers the liberated, educated women of her life, and how their freedom has been, and is being, curtailed.

Khalifeh, Sahar
Date Written:  2015-09-01
Publisher:  Le Monde diplomatique
Year Published:  2015
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22090

Palestinian novelist Sahar Khalifeh discusses growing up as a girl and woman in Arab culture, and how Arab women are represented in Western culture.



From childhood I heard them say that girls -- of the family, the neighbourhood, and world -- were powerless, helpless, doomed by nature, and permanently weak. I inherited those prejudices. And yet a few months ago, my younger sister told me that I was the only member of the Khalifeh family (a tribe-sized family) whose name was in the Palestine Encyclopaedia: "not my father, not my brother, not my uncle with his ten miraculous boys, not any male in the family ... there was only you."

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