• 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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