FATIMA AND HER SISTERS by Dorothy Van Ess

FATIMA AND HER SISTERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fatima, an Arab woman from Iraq and friend of the author's, is the symbol in this book of Arab femininity before Westernization. Her arranged marriage, her joy over the birth of a son, her womanly intelligence merged with a deep conviction in ancient superstition all reflect the workings of a classical society in which the role of man and woman are clearly deliniated and from which no deviation is allowed. Dorothy Van Ess has lived in Iraq where she conducted a church school. She writes of her Arab sisters with quiet understanding and good humor in a bland book which is more to be noted for the information it imparts than for any particular mark of style or intensity. Recommended to lending and Protestant church libraries.

Pub Date: Jan. 6th, 1960
Publisher: John Day