New PDF release: America in An Arab Mirror: Images of America in Arabic

By K. Abdel-Malek, Mouna El Kahla

ISBN-10: 0312229631

ISBN-13: 9780312229634

ISBN-10: 0312299311

ISBN-13: 9780312299316

This uncommon anthology offers for the 1st time in English go back and forth essays via Arabic writers who've visited the USA within the moment 1/2 the century. The view of the USA which emerges from those money owed is instantaneously attention-grabbing and illuminating, yet by no means monolithic. The writers hail from quite a few viewpoints, areas, and backgrounds, so their descriptions of the US another way have interaction and revise Arab pre-conceptions of american 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 woman, to the opposite who's either praiseworthy and reprehensible.

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Remember this is happening in modern America, in the New World, in the new universe. You will attract attention, and cause disbelief, if you request another cube of sugar for the cup of coffee or tea that you drink in America. Sugar is reserved for pickles and salads, while salt, my good sir, is saved for apples and watermelons. On your plate you will find combined a piece of salted meat, some boiled corn, some boiled peas, and some sweet jam. And on top of all this 26 America in an Arab Mirror is what Americans call gravy, which is composed sometimes of fat, vinegar, flour, broth, apples, salt and pepper, and sugar, and water.

I also noticed that the three men sitting opposite to me had left the seats next to them empty so as to try to lure you into sitting next to them. I watched you closely, until I could bear it no longer and pitied you. I thanked God for not creating me a woman who was a slave to men. What was the name of that last man you spoke to? He was very rude and only worthy of getting slapped. I noticed how he tried to tempt you by continually stating the name of the famous worldwide company where he worked.

Her head was at a 45-degree angle. As for his eyes, they were in their eye sockets, but their angle was aimed upward. It seemed as though he was seeing through the white portion of his eyes. H 38 America in an Arab Mirror He (to himself): A prostitute? Why do they call everything here by its real name? Are they not ashamed? You may call it hypocrisy or whatever, but it is still more acceptable than the blatant truth and the words mean exactly the same. Prostitute! The word is ugly in any language, even in French.

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