AUC Press's Description
With grace, candor, and the weight of more than half a century’s experience grappling with the conflicts and contests that still plague the region, Jehan Sadat sounds a clarion call to look to the example of her late husband, the assassinated Nobel peace prize winner Anwar Sadat, whose peace with Israel has endured, and whose leadership in the face of seemingly insuperable obstacles can help to illuminate a way forward in these equally troubled times. As she distills the lessons that Sadat’s Peace can provide, she also outlines the origins of modern Islamist terrorism, something she has confronted both politically and personally; addresses the attendant misconceptions about Islam; and debunks many of the myths about women in the Islamic world, not least by displaying the passion, plainspokenness, and political acumen that have earned her both admiration and enmity.
Thirty years on from the historic peace treaty signed by her husband, My Hope for Peace is an unforgettable book about a legacy the world would do well to remember.
“The real hero of the peace agreement of 1979 between Israel and Egypt was Anwar Sadat. This book of his wife, Jehan, reminds us that Anwar’s dream of regional peace is still alive.”
—President Jimmy Carter
“An insightful and inspiring book depicting the life of a distinguished first lady, who accompanied her husband on an eventful and groundbreaking journey to peace.”
—Boutros Boutros Ghali
“This book is at once deeply confessional, tracing the change from being the first lady of Egypt to living and teaching in a foreign country, and it is a wise political commentary on the Middle East by the widow of a leader who charted not only the present of the region but also its future.”
—Mursi Saad El-Din
“Jehan Sadat’s My Hope for Peace is a moving, powerful, and illuminating book.”
“Jehan Sadat is one of the great ladies of our time. My Hope for Peace has both authority and solutions. Her words are more than ever relevant and necessary at this time.”
“An important, insistent voice for continued advancement in peace and social justice.”
“Sadat’s sentiments are wise and welcome . . . . A slender but important contribution to a discourse that needs more champions.”