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The Lost: Three Mothers to Me, However I'm Lost (Paperback)
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The novel describes the suffering of Jalal;an illegitimate born child who grows up in a Middle East country and faces refusal and intimidation from both society and his own biological father. He had a dramatic and risky birth, and was devastated by the fact the he was unable to marry the woman that his heart chose.He was lost in this non acceptance and had no place in his society. He could not overcome the consequences of this social stigmata of being an illegitimate born child.The events shed light on life threats which this posed to both the child and the mother. His mother Rasha faced gender inequality and gender based discrimination which woman faces in these communities. In part two Jalal then experiences the difference between western society cultural beliefs and middle eastern ones which are driven by customs and traditions that impede evolution and implementation of basic human rights and gender equality legislation for women and for those stigmatized by illegitimacy. Then the story provides insights, arguments and analysis to problems of adopting some customs and traditions in middle east that devalue basic human rights for women and illegitimate born and raises awareness for a need to change and develop both new cultural view and constitutional rights to those illegitimate born.
About the Author
The author was born in 1939 in Kufranjeh city in Jordan. He completed his elementary education in his city and then received his high school education at Al-Husein college in Amman. He then attended and studied English language literature at Damascus university and finished his Bachelor Degree in 1965. He worked as a high school English language teacher and then as a supervisor in both Irbid and Ajloun governorates in Jordan between 1961-1985. In 1995 he established an educational centre in his home town Kufranjeh where for the next ten years he had helped school students in improving their English language skills dramatically. He now spends a great part of his time in authoring novels which raises public awareness for a need to modernise legislation and change customs and traditions that discriminate against women.