Middle East Women’s Education and Power

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Middle East Women’s Education and Power As everyone knows, most women from Middle East are struggling to live their tough and oppressed lives. Because of the religion, Muslim, they have limited options and have lower statuses than men. Additionally, Middle East women are even not able to get higher education. “Woman at Point Zero” written by Egyptian writer, Nawal El Saadawi and “Miral” written by Italo-Palestinian journalist, Rula Jebreal mention about how important it is for Middle East women’s the right to education and natural power. In the novel “the woman at Point Zero”, the main character named Firdaus enjoyed reading and learning because her uncle gave her first book. Firdaus tried to use her secondary certificate and ask the coffee owner, Bayoumi to provide her with a job after leaving from her husband, Sheikh Mahmoud. Similarly, Miral, the protagonist in the novel “Miral” was persuaded by her father, Jamal and teacher, Hind to study hard so that she would get freedom and be a non-violent person after getting excellent education. As we can see, education is critical for both Firdaus and Mrial’s in their lives. In terms of a power, it is very different between Firdaus and Miral. Firdaus experienced the men she met controlled her a lot. On the other hand, Mrial did not have such an experience in her life. She was able to follow her will to do what she wanted. Two men in Miral’s life treat her very well. Both education and natural power are themes that we compare with based on these two novels. Education is very important for women from Middle East countries because it is a good way to change their lives. In Saadawi’s novel, Firdaus was born in and grew up in a poor family in a community of poor families. She did not know about how book was so powerful at the beginning until she moved to her uncle’s house in Cario. Because Firdaus’s uncle was a scholar, he
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