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.
Publisher: Le Monde diplomatique
Date Written: 01/09/2015
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."