Food for Our Grandmothers: Writings by Arab-American and Arab-Canadian Feminists

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About the Contributors

Azizah al-Hibri was born and educated in Beirut, Lebanon. She came to the United States in 1966 to pursue her graduate studies, and became a citizen many years later. She is presently a professor of law at the University of Richmond Law School. She has published many articles in feminist theory and is founding editor of Hypatia.

Lamea Abbas Amara is an Iraqi poet who has pursued a distinguished literary and diplomatic career. Seven collections of her poetry have been published in Arabic. She currently lives in La Mesa, California, where she is the editor of Mandaee, a bilingual cultural magazine.

Marti Farha Ammar has lectured widely on the current political situation in the Middle East, and has completed extensive studies of Arabic and translation. A world traveler and political activist, she is president of Save Lebanon, Inc., which provides humanitarian relief for Palestinian and Lebanese victims of the Lebanese civil war.

Barbara Nimri Aziz is a New York-based anthropologist and journalist who regularly writes from the Middle East. She is completing a book on the Arab experience of the war against Iraq. She is also producer and host of Tahrir: Voices of the Arab World, broadcast over Pacifica-WBAI radio in New York.

Martha Ani Boudakian is an activist and aspiring midwife. She is co-founder of an organization of Armenian feminists that may choose not to name itself. She currently lives in Boston and plans to return to the woods someday.

Ellen Mansoor Collier is a Houston-based freelance writer and editor who writes for a variety of magazines. A former magazine editor, she has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Related Titles from South End Press *
  • Food for Our Grandmothers - Writings by Arab-American and Arab-Canadian Feminists *
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments x
  • A Note about Arabic Terms xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Food for Our Grandmothers *
  • I - Olives Our Roots Go Deep: Where We Came from *
  • Olives 3
  • Recognized Futures 5
  • Sittee (on Phantom Appearances of a Lebanese Grandmother) 7
  • Great-Grandma Michael 18
  • Longing for Winter 21
  • Battling Nationalisms to Salvage Her History 24
  • For My Son Shaadi 30
  • Crossing over to the Other Side 32
  • The Queen, Carcasses, and Other Things 39
  • One Room 48
  • Chalked out 50
  • Unpicked Fruits 56
  • II - Bread a Basic Desire : Going Home *
  • Bread 63
  • Boundaries: Arab/American 65
  • Wherever I Am 87
  • Homecoming 94
  • Banned Poem 97
  • Peace is Tossed to the Wind 101
  • Moroccan Steam 104
  • She Makes Me Tea in Cairo 107
  • III - Thyme Growing against the Odds: Surviving the Gulf War *
  • Thyme 111
  • Amara 113
  • A Woman's Place is in the Struggle - A Personal Viewpoint on Feminism, Pacifism, and the Gulf War 114
  • Offensive Art by Palestinian Children - Anti-Arab Racism and the Gulf War Fallout on Campus 120
  • Military Presences and Absences - Arab Women and the Persian Gulf War 125
  • Gulf War 133
  • IV - Laban Silent Victims and Belly Dancers: (mis) Representations of Arab Women *
  • Laban 147
  • Say French 149
  • Global Sisterhood - Where Do We Fit In? 151
  • Tear off Your Western Veil! 160
  • Arab-Americans - Living with Pride and Prejudice 165
  • Exotic 168
  • The Arab Woman and I 170
  • The Arab Woman in U.S. Popular Culture - Sex and Stereotype 173
  • Orientalism in Science Fiction 181
  • V - Grapeleaves Tangled Identities: Claiming Ourselves *
  • Grapeleaves 189
  • A Lunatic from Libya, One Generation Removed 190
  • Going Home 192
  • What's Not in a Name 197
  • Browner Shades of White 204
  • On Language and Ethnicity 206
  • Mocking Civilization 210
  • Pulled 211
  • Abyss 214
  • Two Women Drinking Coffee 217
  • In Search of Home 218
  • Hairless in Gaza (or Plucking the Lines of Gender Difference) 224
  • Blood 226
  • VI - Mint Moving beyond Survival: Celebrating Who We Are *
  • Mint 229
  • ABC 230
  • Five Steps to Creating Culture 231
  • Camel Girl 238
  • Artist 241
  • A Blessing 244
  • Armenian/Lesbian - Telling out Stories 246
  • Mint, Jomatoes, and the Grapevine 250
  • VII - Appendix Arab Resources and Organizations *
  • The Image of Arabs in Sources of U.S. Culture 259
  • Organizations with an Arab-American/Arab-Canadian Focus 273
  • About the Contributors 275
  • Permissions 283
  • Index 285
  • About the Editor 289
  • About South End Press 290
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