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Widow of the assassinated Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, Jehan Sadat (A Woman of Egypt) fashions a gracious plea for better understanding between the East and West, especially in terms of the fundamentals of Islam and the derailed Middle East peace process. Sadat is avowedly feminist, having established programs for women's literacy and empowerment during her husband's presidency (he served from 1970 until his assassination in 1981), attained her own advanced degrees in her 40s and indeed was a visible Muslim first lady who accompanied her husband around the world. In these eight elegant, evenhanded essays, she delineates Sadat's principles for peace, put in motion when he signed the Camp David Accords with leaders Carter and Begin in 1978, by addressing the misconceptions about Islam (exacerbated since 9/11), specifically that all Muslims are extremists, against democracy and bent on subjugating their women. She sketches briefly the sticking points to the peace process, namely Israeli intransigence and the Arab-Israeli tit-for-tat in escalating violence, and stresses firsthand the senselessness of assassinations and terrorism. Her essay On Being a Muslim Woman gently rebuffs the Western notion that Muslim women need to be liberated from Islam, offering examples of famous Egyptian feminists as well as employing her own notable achievements. Sadat provides an important, insistent voice for continued advancement in peace and social justice. (Mar.)
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Sadat, widow of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, who was assassinated in 1981, offers a passionate appeal for peace. A scholar, feminist, and activist, Sadat approaches peace from the perspective of a woman wanting to reexamine the legacy of her husband, who won a joint Nobel Peace Prize with Menachem Begin for their work on the Egypt-Israeli peace treaty; a closer examination of Islamic faith and misconceptions that link the faith to violence; and, finally, a personal reflection on inner peace after 9/11. She debunks the notion that Islam is antithetical to feminism and peace, offering personal observations of life as a Muslim woman. Drawing on principles her husband espoused during the peace process with Israel, Sadat offers practical approaches for achieving peace, appealing to governments and international organizations to compromise and negotiate treaties. On an individual level, she counsels faith and forgiveness. On the thirtieth anniversary of the Egypt-Israel peace treaty, this is a thoughtful, impassioned appeal by a woman who has witnessed violence and peace and come to personal terms with both. --Vanessa BushSee all Editorial Reviews
Jehan Sadat, widow of the late President Anwar Sadat of Egypt book feels like combination of timely essays and an autobiography that reads easily. Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by AA
Jehan Sadat, widow of Anwar Sadat, says of her husband's quest for peace - and the Nobel he won for that struggle - "I want to see what he did prevail. He paid his life for it. Read morePublished on September 22, 2011 by Fancy Nancy
Jehan Sadat is a genuinely likable person who gives a portrayal of a different side of Islam than we would normally see in the media. Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by Labarum
When I think of 20th century women I admire Jehan Sadat is one of the first that come to mind. While it's true that by right of marriage she was placed in a position of power and... Read morePublished on December 17, 2009 by Brian E. Erland
I found this to be a very interesting read. The Middle East historical material (British colonialism, Israel, Suez, the Six-Day War, the Yom Kippur War, the West Bank, etc. Read morePublished on October 19, 2009 by Rabbi Yonassan Gershom
A very honest book about Peace in the Middle East. Ms. Sadat continues to promote her husband's vision. Read morePublished on October 14, 2009 by Ann Tull
In America we frequently only pay attention to the surface story. In the case of the Middle East, that story is, "Jewish democratic state of Israel, always good! Read morePublished on October 5, 2009 by Chris Swanson
It's pretty critical here that Mrs. Sadat did not title her book _My *PLAN* for Peace_ but rather _My *HOPE* for Peace_. Read morePublished on August 13, 2009 by Michael A. Behr
After a long hiatus from her last book, Mrs Sadat,widow of the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, writes another book dealing with Middle Eastern policies and the hopes for peace... Read morePublished on July 23, 2009 by thesavvybamalady