Year of the Elephant: A Moroccan Woman's Journey Toward Independence, and Other Stories Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Layla Abu Zayd
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Introduction

* Introduction

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* Elizabeth Fernea provides the introduction.

* This book is the first book written by a woman in Arabic to be translated to English.

* The book deals with issues relating to Morocco's struggle for independence.

* Abu Zayd was born in 1950 to a middle-class family

* Her father was involved in the Moroccan resistance efforts.

* She attended journalism school,

* Moroccan forces had battled French and Spanish forces for most of the 19th century.

* The Year of the Elephant makes reference to the year in which the Prophet Muhammad was born.

* In 1956, when Morocco was freed, the popular Sultan returned to the country from exile

* In the mid 1950s, Morocco had an educational crisis. People wanted to have schools taught in Arabic, not French. The schools became bi-lingual.

* The Year of the Elephant was written with both classic Arabic and a vernacular dialect for dialogue.

The Year of the Elephant, Chapter 1

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