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
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.