Her Story ... Woman & Family
DS marries Nour al-Din Ragai in 1936
She looks forward to return to Egypt's challenges
Images courtesy of Rare Books & Special Collections Library, AUC
VII. Marriage to Nour al-Din Ragai
During this period, Nour al-Din Ragai, a cousin, had moved to Paris to pursue his doctorate in commercial law. He became her husband in 1937. Nour al-Din was a confident, charming man, relaxed, sure of himself of his place in the world – traits that were very attractive to young Doria, who was still searching for her place and role. In her memoir, Doria says, “Knowing that in Egypt and only in Egypt would my future be played out, such a marriage would help me adapt to the conditions of my country. It was my best chance of reconciliation with Egypt and without dwelling further on the difficulties that our marriage would inevitably involve, I accepted this new adventure.”
Doria and Nour al-Din went on to have two girls, Aziza, born in March 1942 and Jehane, born in August 1944. The couple divorced in 1968.