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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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Interlocutors? Men Authoring Women’s History in the 1890s

Interlocutors? Men Authoring Women’s History in the 1890s

(p.205) VI Interlocutors? Men Authoring Women’s History in the 1890s
Classes of Ladies of Cloistered Spaces

Marilyn Booth

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter juxtaposes Fawwaz’s use of female biography with selected works by male contemporaries that include biographies or mention of famous women. These comprise a treatise on marriage by Hamza Fathallah; a translation of a French history of ancient Egypt focusing on women, authored by Georges Paturet and translated by ‘Ali Jalal; a history of pre-Islamic women by Habib al-Zayyat al-Dimashqi; and a marriage and conduct manual for young men, by Husayn Fawzi. They all differ markedly from Fawwaz’s dictionary, in emphasis and subject choice. It is fascinating that several Arab male intellectuals of the late 19th century wrote on the ancient history of women in the region, but what kinds of messages did their works yield?

Keywords:   Pharaonic history, Translation, Pre-Islamic Arabia, ‘Urwa b. al-Ward, Salma Umm Wahb, Lakhmids, Jahiliyya, Cleopatra, Qur’an, Marriage

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