By Fay Afaf Kanafani
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With me is my beloved late husband Fuad, whose soul never deserted me. Because of the eternal bond between us, this work is dedicated to him and my sons. I have decided to donate the proceeds of this book to a fund to support women who write about women's rights in the Middle East. Their writings will contribute to our understanding of women in the Middle East and enlarge the hopes and dreams of women all over the world. I am at peace now. FAY AFAF KANAFANI MAY 1998 Page xi Acknowledgments I owe a debt of gratitude to those who made this memoir come to life.
Other incidents in the narrative make clear that the range of acceptable social practices during the time was quite broad. For instance, in a later episode, the teenage Afaf is chastised by her brother Anwar for wearing a short skirt to go downtown in Beirut. Her fiancé Marwan protests, pointing out that modern fashions are, after all, a common sight in Beirut, and furthermore arguing that if they, as men, have the right to dress as they please, then so does she. Although Marwan's egalitarianism later proves inconsistent, the difference between these male views on a young woman's right to personal choice is striking.
14. For instance, the British favored Jewish enterprises with tariff concessions and gave Zionists concessions to build a power station on the Yarmouk River and to exploit Dead Sea potash. See Graham-Brown, 164. 15. See Graham-Brown, Palestinians and Their Society, 1990-1946, 168. 16. For an account of this massacre, see "A Jewish Eye-Witness: An Interview with Meir Pa'il," in Remembering Deir Yassin: The Future of Israel and Palestine, edited by Daniel A. McGowan and Marc H. Ellis (New York: Interlink Publishing Group, 1998), 35-46.