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Emirati Women: Generations of Change

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The discovery of oil in the late 1960s catapulted Abu Dhabi out of isolating poverty. A boom in construction introduced new sightlines to the city's landscape and transformed its infrastructure and economy. The impressive growth of just a few decades created new opportunities for work and play and developed a social welfare system that offered free education and medical ...more
Hardcover, 145 pages
Published October 15th 2010 by Columbia University Press
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reem
Oct 13, 2016 reem rated it liked it
'Emirati Women: Generations of Change' is well-researched and thoroughly knowledgeable in areas I normally wouldn't be thinking about in the year 2016. I don't know much about the history of the UAE except what they taught us in school and some of the things I would hear from my parents. Perhaps due to the repetition, one tends to lose interest and forget the importance of such turning points that are so crucial to who we are as Emirati people. Dr. Jane says it well in page 51:

"Forty years late
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Mariyah
Sep 19, 2016 Mariyah rated it really liked it
I liked the book. I think it was well documented and that`s not a simple thing because Emirati women tend to be very private persons. The author focuses more on the women from Abu Dhabi describing 3 generations: the grandmothers who raised their kids in poverty, then the middle aged women who were children in `60 s and the nowadays university students who were raised in wealth.
My favorite chapter is :"Days of the past " because it promotes the idea that oil was a reward for the patient and pious
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Siobhan Fallon
Dec 20, 2015 Siobhan Fallon rated it really liked it
Interesting insight into UAE culture beneath the glossy veneer of super malls or the idealized and romantic Thesinger photos from the desert.
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