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Classes of Ladies of Cloistered SpacesWriting Feminist History through Biography in Fin-de-siecle Eypt$
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Marilyn Booth

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694860

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694860.001.0001

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A Women’s World History, in the World of Arabic Letters: A Reader’s View

A Women’s World History, in the World of Arabic Letters: A Reader’s View

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Classes of Ladies of Cloistered Spaces

Marilyn Booth

Edinburgh University Press

Gives a history of the volume’s publication and circulation within the context of the early non-official press and book publishing sector in Egypt, followed by a discussion of the book’s themes as illustrated by its biographies of individual women. These themes include the importance for girl readers of learning history, or history reading as moral pedagogy; the importance and ideal content of girls’ education; marriage as supportive and destructive to women, and the new ideal of ‘companionate marriage’; women and political power; women and scholarship; and women and waged work. These were all addressed in Fawwaz’s essays as well, some of which feature here. Discussion of individual biographies offers a sense of the wide-ranging geographical and temporal scope of Fawwaz’s achievement.

Keywords:   Girls’ education, Companionate marriage, Zenobia, Queen Victoria, Al-Khansa’, Prophet Muhammad, Arsinoe, Raziyya of Delhi, Qurrat al-Ayn, World history

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