Classes of Ladies of Cloistered Spaces: Writing Feminist History Through Biography in Fin-de-siecle Egypt
Classes of Ladies of Cloistered Spaces: Writing Feminist History Through Biography in Fin-de-siecle Egypt
Edinburgh University Press

Classes of Ladies of Cloistered Spaces: Writing Feminist History Through Biography in Fin-de-siecle Egypt

  • Publish Date: 2015-02-01
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Marilyn Booth

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Zaynab Fawwaz (c. 1860-1914) was a forceful voice in support of women's rights to education and work choices in colonial-era Egypt. Her volume of 453 women's lives, al-Durr al-manthur fi tabaqat rabbat al-khudur (Pearls scattered in times and places: classes of ladies of cloistered spaces), was published between 1893 and 1896 and features Boudicca, Catherine the Great and Victoria Woodhull, among many others. Booth presents Fawwaz's dictionary as a 'feminist history' and a key text in the debates on gender and national efficacy in 1890s Egypt and Ottoman Syria.


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