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Classes of Ladies of Cloistered Spaces: Writing Feminist History through Biography in Fin-de-siecle Eypt

Marilyn Booth


This book history scrutinizes the production, advertising, contents, compilation and circulation – locally and globally – of an Arabic-language volume of biographies of world women, al-Durr al-manthur fi tabaqat rabbat al-khudur. The analysis of this volume of over 500 folio-size pages views it as an early work of Arab feminist history within the prolific career of Zaynab Fawwaz (c1850-1914), a Lebanese immigrant to Egypt and early feminist writer there. The study considers how Fawwaz drew on the venerable tradition of biography writing in Arabic but also turned to contemporary sources (magazi ... More

Keywords: biography, 1890s, Fin-de-siècle, Feminism, Egypt, Arabic, Tabaqat, Islam, Gender politics, Book history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780748694860
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694860.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marilyn Booth, author
University of Edinburgh, UK