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Author Baron, Beth, author.

Title The women's awakening in Egypt : culture, society, and the press / Beth Baron
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [1994]


Description 1 online resource (x, 259 pages)
Contents pt. 1. From Production to Consumption. 1. Pioneers of the Women's Press. 2. Creating Literary Texts. 3. The Making of a Journal. 4. The Community of Readers -- pt. 2. Texts and Social Contexts. 5. The Rights of Woman. 6. Campaigning for Education. 7. Rethinking Work and the Family. 8. The Advent of Associations
Summary Between 1892 and 1920 nearly thirty Arabic periodicals by, for, and about women were produced in Egypt for circulation throughout the Arab world. This flourishing women's press provided a forum for debating such topics as the rights of woman, marriage and divorce, and veiling and seclusion, and also offered a mechanism for disseminating new ideologies and domestic instruction. In this book, Beth Baron presents the first sustained study of this remarkable material, exploring the connections between literary culture and social transformation. Starting with profiles of the female intellectuals who pioneered the women's press in Egypt - the first generation of Arab women to write and publish extensively - Baron traces the women's literary output from production to consumption. She draws on new approaches in cultural history to examine the making of periodicals and to reconstruct their audience, and she suggests that it is impossible to assess the influence of the Arabic press without comprehending the circumstances under which it operated. Turning to specific issues argued in the pages of the women's press, Baron finds that women's views ranged across a wide spectrum. The debates are set in historical context, with elaborations on the conditions of women's education and work. Together with other sources the journals show significant changes in the activities of urban middle- and upper-class Egyptian women in the decades before the 1919 revolution and underscore the sense that real improvement in women's lives - the women's awakening - was at hand. Baron's discussion of this extraordinary trove of materials highlights the voices of the female intellectuals who championed this awakening and broadens our understanding of the social and cultural history of the period
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-245) and index
Notes English
Print version record
SUBJECT Börngen, ... gnd
Subject Women -- Egypt -- Social conditions
Women -- Egypt -- Intellectual life
Women's periodicals, Arabic -- Egypt -- History -- 19th century
Women's periodicals, Arabic -- Egypt -- History -- 20th century
HISTORY -- General.
Intellectual life
Women -- Intellectual life
Women -- Social conditions
Women's periodicals, Arabic
Soziale Situation
Weibliche Intellektuelle
Presse féminine arabe -- Égypte -- Histoire.
Presse -- Égypte -- Histoire.
Femmes -- Égypte -- Conditions sociales.
Femmes -- Égypte -- Vie intellectuelle.
Presse féminine égyptienne -- 1870-1914.
SUBJECT Egypt -- Intellectual life -- 19th century
Egypt -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
Subject Egypt
Égypte -- Vie intellectuelle -- 19e siècle.
Égypte -- Vie intellectuelle -- 20e siècle.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780300162264