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Mongrels or MarvelsThe Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff$
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Deborah A. Starr and Sasson Somekh

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804769532

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.001.0001

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Childhood in Egypt

Childhood in Egypt

(p.1) One Childhood in Egypt
Mongrels or Marvels
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In this chapter, first published in 1959, Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff describes her childhood in Egypt. When she was a small child, Egypt was comprised of people of different ethnic backgrounds: Greeks, Arabs, Syrians, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Tunisians, Armenians, and Italians. Arabs were the most numerous, but also the poorest. On Sundays, the family servant, Maria, sometimes took Jacqueline with her to early mass in St. Joseph's Cathedral. Jacqueline's parents were pro-nationalist as a matter of principle, but pro-British as a matter of business and security. They felt that this nationalism was a step on the road to liberation and true internationalism, and hence accepted it as inevitable and even morally justified.

Keywords:   Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff, childhood, Egypt, Jews, Arabs, nationalism, parents, Muslims

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