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 Women of Lebanon: Interviews with Champions for Peace 


Nelda LaTeef conducts substantial interviews with forty-two Lebanese women of wide-ranging personal and professional backgrounds in the wake of the Lebanese Civil War of 1975 to 1990. The interview with the diva, Fairuz, provides important insights into interconnected dimensions of Fairuz as a singer, spouse, person, and citizen in the artist’s own words translated into English. As with all the women in the book, the interviews offer valuable insights into their personal, professional, and social lives. The book sheds light on the experience of the war, the toll it took, women’s responses to it, and views toward the future.

Women of Lebanon: Interviews with Champions for Peace, published by McFarland & Company, presents a  mosaic of Lebanese society. It is comprised of interviews with 42 fascinating women engaged in a wide range of professions. The author arranges the interviews into well defined categories representing: Arts and Literature, Education, Government, Law, Social Work, Communications, Business, and Medicine. LaTeef reveals in an engaging array of dialogues the extent of the versatility and heroism of the women of Lebanon in overcoming the difficulties and tragedies wrought by 16 years of civil war. She also succeeds in magnifying the steadfast role assumed by the women in holding their society together in the hope of achieving peace in the face of a seemingly endless civil war.

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