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Published: 09 November 2021

624 Pages


ISBN: 9780192846198

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The Career and Communities of Zaynab Fawwaz

Feminist Thinking in Fin-de-siècle Egypt

Marilyn Booth

  • Focuses on an important early voice in Arabic on gender justice in the context of an array of writers, many of whom are now barely remembered
  • Examines debates on gender, society, and the nation in leading Arabic newspapers of the time as well as in more obscure ones
  • Offers many excerpts in translation of Fawwaz's work and that of others, to give readers a window on the intensity of gender-focused debates in Arabic, and how they were related to similar debates elsewhere in the world
  • Provides an original study of women's involvement in nineteenth-century Arabic theatre
  • Presents chapters that stand on their own as thematic investigations of core issues for 1890s nationalists and feminists, while also speaking to each other
  • Assesses Fawwaz's use of keywords and concepts common in nineteenth-century discourse in the Arabic Nahda, or knowledge movement

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