Study Guide

A Border Passage Characters

By Leila Ahmed

Leila Ahmed

When Ahmed talks about visiting her "house of memory," it sounds great—like hanging out...

Father (Abdel Aziz)

We hate to describe a woman as totally kick-butt as Leila Ahmed—you know, the first...

Mother (Ikbal)

There's never a moment when Ahmed feels 100 percent okay about her mom. And not just for the...

Nanny (Clothilde)

Ahmed makes no bones about her love for her nanny: after all, she spends her childhood terrified...

Grandmother

In all of Ahmed's memories of people and things past, Grandmother is the closest thing to an...

Grandfather

Grandfather is the Lord of Zatoun (okay, we made up that title), but he seems to have very little...

The Aunts (Aida, Aisha, Farida, Nazli)

Since Ahmed's relationship with her mom is kind of a downer, it's lucky that she has four women...