From the distinguished educator, international crusader for humanitarian causes, and widow of the Nobel Peace Prize-winner President Anwar Sadat comes a foolproof plan for peace in the Middle East.
In 1979, the Camp David Accords, brokered by Jimmy Carter between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, culminated in the signing of the historic Israeli- Egyptian peace treaty, the first agreement in which an Arab country recognized Israel and an agreement
that has held up to this day. Jehan Sadat was there, and on the thirtieth anniversary of this historic event, she brings us a polemic for peace like no other. My Hope for Peace answers a set of three challenges: challenges to Sadat's faith, challenges to the role women play in that faith, and, most of all, challenges to the idea that peace in the Middle East is an unattainable dream. In the heart of the book, Mrs. Sadat lays out not only the fundamental issues dividing the Middle East, but also a tried-and-true series of steps that will lead to their resolution.
With a wit and charm developed over fifty years in the public eye, Mrs. Sadat draws on her personal experiences, from her career as first lady of Egypt to her further and yet greater commitments to peace in her widowhood, to explain plainly and frankly the historical, political, and religious underpinnings of the peace process, which many in the West have yet to understand. Along the way, she outlines the origins of modern Islamic terrorism, something she has confronted both politically and personally; she addresses the attendant misconceptions about her faith; and she debunks many of the myths of Muslim womanhood, not least by displaying the clear-eyed passion and political acumen that have earned her worldwide admiration.
The widow of the late Egyptian president and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Anwar Sadat, Jehan Sadat is an eloquent spokesperson and activist for women's rights, literacy, and humanitarian causes worldwide. She was responsible for the Egyptian civil rights laws which expanded rights for women, founded the Arab-African Women's League, and has continued her late husband's quest for peace. At the age of 40, Sadat entered Cairo University, earning her B.A. degree in Arabic Literature four years later and graduating at the top of her class. She has since earned both an M.A. degree (in 1980) and a Ph.D. degree (1986) from Cairo University and has been a Lecturer in Arabic Literature. Dr. Sadat has received 18 honorary doctoral degrees and a number of prestigious international awards, including the UNICEF's Children's Champion Award.
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