Kanafani is frank and passionate as she recounts her difficult life. Engaged at thirteen to a distant cousin, Kanafani was married by age seventeen and living with her husband's family in Palestine. Her recollections provide fresh insight into Arab-Jewish relations in Palestine from 1935 to 1948, the year Kanafani's husband was killed by Israeli soldiers as they advanced to occupy Haifa and the family became refugees in Lebanon.
As a widow with three children, Kanifani, who learned early in life how tradition and custom circumscribed women's rights, broke free of all of those traditions and defiantly resumed her college studies. Struggling against social norms and family tradition, Kanafani became a successful and respected career woman.
During the early years of her profession, Kanafani met the man who was destined to become everything in her life. Each faced obligations imposed on them by their families but finally, in 1965, they were free to marry. Their happiness lasted only a decade, until the Lebanese Civil War erupted. The last chapter of Kanafani's book focuses on the period 1975 to 1985 and provides a personal account of the civil war in Lebanon.
As the story of this powerful woman's journey to independence unfolds, Kanafani offers a fascinating glimpse into the constraints placed on women in traditional societies and the opportunities available to them in newly emerging countries. She also tells of the devastation wrought by fifty years of war, including intimate details of marriage and family life. The reader is left inspired by Kanafani's strength and perseverance and her strong feminist outrage, expressed long before her exposure to Western feminism.
Mentre l’Italia fonda l’uguaglianza di genere su un documento giuridico, quale la Costituzione, sancendo all’articolo 3 l’uguaglianza formale e sostanziale, l’Iran – così come gli altri paesi islamici –, fonda la disparità tra uomo e donna su documenti prevalentemente di matrice religiosa e solo successivamente giuridica: il versetto 2/228 (Shūrā), ad esempio, cita “Gli uomini sono superiori alla donna di un grado”.
La diversité des expériences, des angles, des points de convergence et de divergence entre les deux auteurs fait de ce petit livre rapide et brillant la synthèse la plus stimulante qui soit sur l’un des plus grands sujets de notre avenir.
Cette séquence de dix ans, riche en événements, comme on dit – avec, en point culminant, l’énorme fait divers du 11 septembre –, offre à ces coups d’épée dans l’eau une certaine unité de lieu, de temps et d’action. »