Jasmina Najjar, one of AUB’s very own English instructors, has recently published an entertaining and much-needed book entitled “Beirut Knights.” Having lived in the United Kingdom throughout her upbringing, Najjar was able to see Lebanese society in a new light upon her return.
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While written to entertain through its tales of dating disasters, Beirut Knights also touches upon certain elements of Lebanese society and sociocultural issues in a light manner.
” states Najjar when asked about the message she wanted to portray throughout the novel.
Najjar simply wanted to show the normality of being single, going on to add that “being single is a valid lifestyle, and can bring people to actually find fulfillment in life through different avenues if marriage is not what they want.” Though Najjar also stresses the beauty of marriage, she sheds light on the difficulties of being surrounded by the expectations of marriage in the Lebanese dating scenes, commenting: “You have a lot of pressure in our society.” The main audience that Najjar had in mind when writing the book were single women and men between the ages of twenty-five and forty.
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