By K. Abdel-Malek, Mouna El Kahla
This wonderful anthology offers for the 1st time in English commute essays via Arabic writers who've visited the US within the moment half the century. The view of the United States which emerges from those bills is instantly attention-grabbing and illuminating, yet by no means monolithic. The writers hail from a number of viewpoints, areas, and backgrounds, so their descriptions of the United States another way interact and revise Arab pre-conceptions of usa citizens and the West. the rustic figures as every little thing from the unchanging different, the very antithesis of the Arab self, to the seductive lady, to the opposite who's either praiseworthy and reprehensible.
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After the religious service in the church ended, boys and girls from among the members began taking part in chants, while others prayed, and we proceeded through a side door onto the dance floor that was connected to the prayer hall by a door, and the Father jumped to his desk and every boy took the hand of a girl, including those who were chanting. The dance floor was lit with red and yellow and blue lights, and with a few white lamps. The atmosphere was full of desire. When the minister descended from his office, he looked intently around the place and at the people, and encouraged those men and women still sitting who had not yet participated in this circus to rise and take part.
The cover of the book shows a man climbing the stripes of the American flag, which are made to look like steps, suggesting that in order to live and succeed in America one ought to work hard in order to climb the American ladder. Do You Know How to Dance? This advice does not mean that I am calling for debauchery or the loosening of your morals, or for you to be frivolous and waste your time in something other than making money. No. You learn dancing in order to become a modern man capable of living permanently in a new society.
There was a knock on the door. Liza. An embrace, kisses, tears, love and each one of us was chewing the other! —Translated by Kamal Abdel-Malek 4. An American Immigrant (1979) AHMAD MUSTAFA is an Egyptian-American businessman who moved to the United States in 1967 and lived as an illegal alien in New York City for some years. In his An American Immigrant (1979), he recounts with fascinating details his life experiences from rags to riches. The cover of the book shows a man climbing the stripes of the American flag, which are made to look like steps, suggesting that in order to live and succeed in America one ought to work hard in order to climb the American ladder.
America in An Arab Mirror: Images of America in Arabic Travel Literature: An Anthology by K. Abdel-Malek, Mouna El Kahla