By Judith Caesar
In the course of the Eighties, Judith Caesar taught literature in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Her aptly titled e-book deals one woman's view of numerous political powder kegs that did not make entrance web page information and of the conflict among Western and heart japanese customs. An open-minded nature and interest concerning the position of girls in cultures that appear wildly restrictive to many Westerners is helping Caesar deconstruct stereotypes on either side of the border. the yankee tv express Dallas, she notes, now in perpetual rerun in lots of nations, has develop into a gold mine of incorrect information on Western ladies. Likewise, our squeamishness approximately prepared marriage belies the various within tale shared by way of her scholars. One plans to land "a stable mood guy" by means of asking a suitor's sister to bare his precise temperament. And if he does not have a sister? "Then do not marry him," comes the speedy answer. "He hasn't ever discovered approximately women."
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Suddenly I no longer felt like a majorette. At first I didn't understand my relative invisibility. I still wore my hair uncovered, and although I wore a long skirt, I didn't wear an abayah. Reem, in an abayah and turha (headscarf) but with her face uncovered, would have blended in with the other Arab girls if she hadn't worn sneakers and insisted on carrying her mother's U of Iowa backpack. I finally decided that I was inconspicuous because I was with an Arab girl. Arab women, I began to observe, seemed to go shopping in pairs or groups.
And unlike almost any other Western man I knew, he liked Saudi Arabia. Page 11 It was clear at a glance that Bill had had bad luck in the apartments assigned to us by the university housing department. The brown velveteen overstuffed living room suite was just like the one in my own apartment, but it was much older. The building was far more run down as well, and I suspected it of harboring even more cockroaches. The American professor who was playing "old hand" in guiding us through the souk immediately told Bill to demand better housing.
How then could I explain the fact that as I was lecturing, they would suddenly bunch their upturned fingers together and wave them at me in what looked like a very rude gesture? Of course, I thought it odd that even the most hostile student would be so foolhardy as make rude gestures at me in class. Nevertheless, puzzled and at least somewhat offended, I assumed a stern expression to let them know I wasn't going to put up with any nonsense and tried to finish the lecture as quickly as possible to get away from them.