A World I Loved: The Story of an Arab Woman

A World I Loved: The Story of an Arab WomanThis Is My Story, The Story Of An Arab Woman It Is The Story Of A Lost World It Begins In , In Lebanon, When I Was Seven Years Old So Opens This Haunting Memoir By Wadad Makdisi Cortas, Who Eloquently Describes Her Personal Experience Of The Events That Have Fractured The Middle East Over The Past CenturyThrough Cortas Eyes We Experience Life In Lebanon Under The Oppressive French Mandate, And Her Desire To Forge An Arab Identity Based On Religious Tolerance We Learn Of Her Dedication To The Education Of Women, And The Difficulties That She Overcomes To Become The Principal Of A School In Lebanon And In Final, Heartbreaking Detail, We Watch As Her World Becomes Rent By The Palestine Question, Western Interference, And Civil War The World I Loved Is Both An Elegy On Lebanon And Her People, And The Unforgettable Story Of One Woman S Journey From Hope To Sorrow As She Bears Painful Witness To The Undoing Of Her Beloved Country By Sectarian And Religious Division Worth a detour read it for the history of this woman s life and Palestine She created and ran a school for girls in the midst of the political upheaval around her Her commentary about their lives and her country educates the reader in another view of Palestinians I learned a lot and am embarrassed to say that I did not realize that there are no current maps of Palestine, only a map of Israel Literally, Palestine does not exist as a country anyNaively, I had thought Israel was create Worth a detour read it for the history of this woman s life and Palestine She created and ran a school for girls in the midst of the political upheaval around her Her commentary about their lives and her country educates the reader in another view of Palestinians I learned a lot and am embarrassed to say that I did not realize that there are no current maps of Palestine, only a map of Israel Literally, Palestine does not exist as a country anyNaively, I had thought Israel was created out of Palestine, but did not understand that Palestine ceased to exist That piece of history has helped me listen to the news with a different ear Now I understand what is being said, when there is talk of a two state solution What a gift when friends pass along books you would never have bought Interesting to follow up March reading of Teta, Mother and Me by Jean Said Makdisi, relation of Wadad Makdisi Cortas Seems as if this family is extremely educated and erudite They are also both extremely or at least thanks to the editor able to convey history in a very personal and relate able We all know or should of the Balfour Treaty Britain carving up Palestine and giving okay for the repatriation of land by the Jewish people what is not know is the disregard by the world community Interesting to follow up March reading of Teta, Mother and Me by Jean Said Makdisi, relation of Wadad Makdisi Cortas Seems as if this family is extremely educated and erudite They are also both extremely or at least thanks to the editor able to convey history in a very personal and relate able We all know or should of the Balfour Treaty Britain carving up Palestine and giving okay for the repatriation of land by the Jewish people what is not know is the disregard by the world community to Israel s violent land grab thereafter They did not seek to live with the Arab population but sought to have a place for This book is dear to me because the author, Wadad Makdisi, is my best friend s grandmother Ms Makdisi s memoirs are, bar none, amazing I have never read about someoneaccomplished, insightful, compassionate or amazing This book is also amazing for it gives a first hand account of the European colonialism that is responsible for ripping apart the Middle East, which most of us Americans are blissfully ignorant of If you are interested in the Palestinian Israeli conflict, then Yu should a This book is dear to me because the author, Wadad Makdisi, is my best friend s grandmother Ms Makdisi s memoirs are, bar none, amazing I have never read about someoneaccomplished, insightful, compassionate or amazing This book is also amazing for it gives a first hand account of the European colonialism that is responsible for ripping apart the Middle East, which most of us Americans are blissfully ignorant of If you are interested in the Palestinian Israeli conflict, then Yu should add thus book to your list Beautifully written A very worthwhile book Partly I liked this book so much because it was written by the mother of a friend of mine I was interested in his backgound and had heard about some of the people in it during the years I guess my friend is modest he never mentioned how capable and forceful his mother was He also never discussed middle eastern issues.What really surprised me is that I was seeing the Israeli Palestinian conflict from the Palestinian side for the first time My bias has always been the Israeli side So I learn Partly I liked this book so much because it was written by the mother of a friend of mine I was interested in his backgound and had heard about some of the people in it during the years I guess my friend is modest he never mentioned how capable and forceful his mother was He also never discussed middle eastern issues.What really surprised me is that I was seeing the Israeli Palestinian conflict from the Palestinian side for the first time My bias has always been the Israeli side So I learned a great deal from this memoir I cannot begin to say how grateful I am to have picked this book up and the decision to dive into it I learned so much and learned it from such a gracious and intelligent point of view Beautiful depictions of the land and the people in it, haunting accounts of the greed and negligence of those in power that caused destruction and death of this land and it s people The language is beautiful, the message powerful, the knowledge held within so important Well worth the read. This book will stay dear to my heart for the rest of my life. Now this is really the first book I have read about the middle east that opened my eyes to what is really happening between the Iraqis Palestinians You read the papers always get a somewhat skewered idea This book however is written as a memoir from notes writing the author s mother kept I see where they come from now, that the Palestinians are taking their land, their farms, their schools, everything At first Iraq was somewhat reluctant to fight for their world, but it just got overwh Now this is really the first book I have read about the middle east that opened my eyes to what is really happening between the Iraqis Palestinians You read the papers always get a somewhat skewered idea This book however is written as a memoir from notes writing the author s mother kept I see where they come from now, that the Palestinians are taking their land, their farms, their schools, everything At first Iraq was somewhat reluctant to fight for their world, but it just got overwhelmingly out of hand The Cortas family was of good standing, they were reasonably well off, but they knew a great family life She was able to help many students from all over the world get a good solid foundation in her school She loved all the children young people she taught They hoped to inspire the children in their wealth of knowledge of Iraqi way of life, literature, music, Arabic writing, all of it She saw where the wars going on around them turned the children into wanting to fight for their rights Peace is very hard to come by, sad to say, this is the way it will be for too long This memoir gives the Arab side of the Israeli conflict in a lucid, personal way as the author tells her story, giving historical background of the origins of the state of Israel Most of the information I have read before really gives the Israeli side The author, in the context of her own background and experiences, narrates the events as she and her people saw them After reading her account, I understand why Mideast Arabs would be bitter against Britain, France and the US for what they see a This memoir gives the Arab side of the Israeli conflict in a lucid, personal way as the author tells her story, giving historical background of the origins of the state of Israel Most of the information I have read before really gives the Israeli side The author, in the context of her own background and experiences, narrates the events as she and her people saw them After reading her account, I understand why Mideast Arabs would be bitter against Britain, France and the US for what they see as the imperialist thievery of their land, the unjust establishment of a Jewish nation in their homeland, and these nations unreasoning support of Israel, ignoring terrorism and military aggression since The account points up the unsolved problems that continue to destroy any hope for world peace, since each side considers itself wronged and righteous Cortas writes a memoir of life as head of a school in Beirut, with the background of political upheaval from WWII through the Lebanese wars of the 1980s The latter part of the book becomes a series of diary entries, so that it doesn t hold together as a unified autobiography I was disappointed at the lack of personal reflection, yet could understand that she thought her life worthy of note precisely because as a woman she was a public figure.

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  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • A World I Loved: The Story of an Arab Woman
  • Wadad Makdisi Cortas
  • English
  • 22 November 2017
  • 1568584296