Book Size: 6"x 9"

Pages: 288

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781566565585

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 1

Photography by: Stuart West

Translator: Monique Arav

Release date: 2004

Category:

Midnight Tales

A Woman's Journey through the Middle East

By • Photography by Stuart West

$ 15

“Sociologist and author Al-Rawi (Grandmother’s Secrets) here offers up a collection of poetic vignettes about past and present Arab folkways in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. Weaving together childhood memories and interviews with Arab women, she draws the reader behind closed doors to meet a colorful and intriguing casts of characters, including her Aunts Fatima and Kawthar, her Uncle Mahmoud, her brother Manour, her parents, her grandmother, and many other good-hearted people. Al-Rawi’s writing is deeply evocative: the reader sees, hears, touches, and tastes what she describes. Rich with historical and cultural detail about a wide range of subjects-from shopping in a carpet souk to female circumcision, wearing the veil, pearl diving, marriage, women’s roles, and much more-this work also includes Arab proverbs, endnotes and a brief bibliography. Highly recommended for anthropology, sociology, and women’s studies collections.” -Library Journal

About this book

"In actual fact, the only thing that matters in life is love, yet the inquisitive mind must be fed a few facts... Look at Baghdad!" commands Rosina-Fawzia al-Rawi's lively and imperious aunt Fatima, one of the characters in this delightful collection of personal essays.

Aunt Fatima would have approved of this book, for as her niece turns her eye first on Baghdad and then all the lands of the Middle East, ending with her research into women's customs in the Emirates, she devotes herself as a lover does to all the intimate details around her. Whether she recounts a trip to buy a rug, a childhood incident on a Lebanese playground, or explicates Arab poetry, al-Rawi's collection is full of all that Aunt Fatima recommends- her beloved poetry, the ever-present history of these ancient lands, tender and intricate accounts of daily life, and quirky, nuanced tracings of the workings of the human heart.

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About the author

Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi grew up in Iraq and Lebanon and was educated at the Universities of Cairo and Vienna. She is an expert in Arabic studies and ethnology, and the author of Golden Sky, Red Earth: Women’s Lives in Palestine, Midnight Tales: A Woman’s Journey through the Middle East, and Divine Names.

She lives in Jerusalem and Vienna, where she teaches oriental dancing.

Reviews

“Sociologist and author Al-Rawi (Grandmother’s Secrets) here offers up a collection of poetic vignettes about past and present Arab folkways in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. Weaving together childhood memories and interviews with Arab women, she draws the reader behind closed doors to meet a colorful and intriguing casts of characters, including her Aunts Fatima and Kawthar, her Uncle Mahmoud, her brother Manour, her parents, her grandmother, and many other good-hearted people. Al-Rawi’s writing is deeply evocative: the reader sees, hears, touches, and tastes what she describes. Rich with historical and cultural detail about a wide range of subjects-from shopping in a carpet souk to female circumcision, wearing the veil, pearl diving, marriage, women’s roles, and much more-this work also includes Arab proverbs, endnotes and a brief bibliography. Highly recommended for anthropology, sociology, and women’s studies collections.” -Library Journal “The author’s travels through her native region offer insights into Arabic history, culture, and language as well as daily life in the Middle East today.” -Multicultural Review

“Sociologist and author Al-Rawi (Grandmother’s Secrets) here offers up a collection of poetic vignettes about past and present Arab folkways in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. Weaving together childhood memories and interviews with Arab women, she draws the reader behind closed doors to meet a colorful and intriguing casts of characters, including her Aunts Fatima and Kawthar, her Uncle Mahmoud, her brother Manour, her parents, her grandmother, and many other good-hearted people. Al-Rawi’s writing is deeply evocative: the reader sees, hears, touches, and tastes what she describes. Rich with historical and cultural detail about a wide range of subjects-from shopping in a carpet souk to female circumcision, wearing the veil, pearl diving, marriage, women’s roles, and much more-this work also includes Arab proverbs, endnotes and a brief bibliography. Highly recommended for anthropology, sociology, and women’s studies collections.” -Library Journal

Additional information

Author

Al-Rawi, Rosina-Fawzia

Edition

1

Inprint

Interlink Books

Pages

288

Type

PB

Illustrator

West, Stuart

Translator

Arav , Monique

Release date

2004

Author Home

Austria

Subtitle

A Woman's Journey through the Middle East

Format

6"x 9"

Reviews

"Sociologist and author Al-Rawi (Grandmother's Secrets) here offers up a collection of poetic vignettes about past and present Arab folkways in Iraq , Lebanon , Syria , Kuwait , Egypt , and the United Arab Emirates. Weaving together childhood memories and interviews with Arab women , she draws the reader behind closed doors to meet a colorful and intriguing casts of characters , including her Aunts Fatima and Kawthar , her Uncle Mahmoud , her brother Manour , her parents , her grandmother , and many other good-hearted people. Al-Rawi's writing is deeply evocative: the reader sees , hears , touches , and tastes what she describes. Rich with historical and cultural detail about a wide range of subjects-from shopping in a carpet souk to female circumcision , wearing the veil , pearl diving , marriage , women's roles , and much more-this work also includes Arab proverbs , endnotes and a brief bibliography. Highly recommended for anthropology , sociology , and women's studies collections." -Library Journal "The author's travels through her native region offer insights into Arabic history , culture , and language as well as daily life in the Middle East today."å -Multicultural Review

MainReview

"Sociologist and author Al-Rawi (Grandmother's Secrets) here offers up a collection of poetic vignettes about past and present Arab folkways in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. Weaving together childhood memories and interviews with Arab women, she draws the reader behind closed doors to meet a colorful and intriguing casts of characters, including her Aunts Fatima and Kawthar, her Uncle Mahmoud, her brother Manour, her parents, her grandmother, and many other good-hearted people. Al-Rawi's writing is deeply evocative: the reader sees, hears, touches, and tastes what she describes. Rich with historical and cultural detail about a wide range of subjects-from shopping in a carpet souk to female circumcision, wearing the veil, pearl diving, marriage, women's roles, and much more-this work also includes Arab proverbs, endnotes and a brief bibliography. Highly recommended for anthropology, sociology, and women's studies collections." -Library Journal