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Unveiled by Deborah Kanafani
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Jan 06, 2009

bookshelves: 2008-audio-books, 2008-nonfiction
Read in September, 2008

Unveiled: How an American Woman Found Her Way Through Politics, Love, and Obedience in the Middle East,
Deborah Kanafani, Narrated by Suzanne Toren, produced by Recorded Books.

The author’s family was from Lebanon but were American citizens. Deborah was raised in a world which veered between her mother and stepfather’s quieter life, to her father’s life of associating with the richest and wealthiest men, including kings and politicians, in the Middle East. She married a man who became one of the highest ranking diplomats working with the Palestinians engaged in the peace process which ultimately broke down, leaving much of Palestine in the hands of militant fundamentalists who claim to have all the answers and to have derived them from the Moslem religion. We see Deborah’s own life, her disillusionment with her husband, their ultimate divorce, and his “keeping the children”, which a husband in many of the Middle East countries has a right to do. She had to work through many layers of politics to gain access to her children again. In the meantime, Deborah, a journalist, involved herself in talking with the various remarkable women in the Middle East who risked death, divorce, and separation from their families, in order to bring women a voice and rights and a chance at more equality in the Middle East. Many of the powerful men, such as Nasser Arafat, and the King of Jordan, to name two, had strong wives educated in the U.S. or other European countries. Such women, working underground and against the militant fundamentalist males, work toward bringing respect and visibility for women into the Middle East. This book is compelling, especially after Deborah stopped being so starry-eyed about the wealth and charm of men and began to think and act for herself.

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