Gender, Modernity and Liberty: Middle Eastern and Western Women's Writings: A Critical Sourcebook

Gender, Modernity and Liberty: Middle Eastern and Western Women's Writings: A Critical Sourcebook

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by Reina Lewis
     
 

This book presents a dialogue between Western and Middle Eastern women that is often presumed never to have happened. Not only were women from the Middle East imagined to be shut up in a harem all day without access to education, ideas or the outside world, but the extent to which Western women travelers were able to engage with women in the regions they visited

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This book presents a dialogue between Western and Middle Eastern women that is often presumed never to have happened. Not only were women from the Middle East imagined to be shut up in a harem all day without access to education, ideas or the outside world, but the extent to which Western women travelers were able to engage with women in the regions they visited has often been overlooked. This pioneering collection provides substantial extracts from Ottoman, Egyptian and British and American writers - each with a biographical and literary introduction - that trace the development of an intellectual, personal and critical dialogue between women over a period of accelerated social change marked by Arab nationalism and Egypt's move to independence, and the establishment of the Turkish Republic at the end of the Ottoman Empire. The ways in which the role of woman as either guardian of tradition or in the vanguard of change was
hotly contested in both countries and by all sides of the political spectrum is explained in an editors' introduction and photo-essay that set up the common themes of the collection.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781860649561
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
07/09/2006
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : writing change : Middle Eastern and western women in dialogue1
Photo essay : viewing each other : visual dialogues31
1The city of the sultan; and the domestic manners of the Turks in 183665
2The Englishwoman in Egypt : letters from Cairo77
3The 'English governess' in Egypt : harem life in Egypt and Constantinople89
4Turkish harems and Circassian homes101
5Thirty years in the harem; or, the autobiography of Melek-Hanum, wife of H. H. Kibrizli-Mehmet-Pasha; (1873) six years in Europe : sequel to thirty years in the Harem : the autobiographical notes of Melek-Hanum, wife of H. H. Kibrizli-Mehmet-Pasha110
6A voyage in the 'sunbeam', our home on the ocean for eleven months; (1880) sunshine and storm in the East, or cruises to Cyprus and Constantinople; (1883) unpublished journal123
7Haremlik : some pages from the life of Turkish women134
8A Turkish woman's European impressions142
9The women of Egypt156
10An Englishwoman in a Turkish harem164
11The imperial harem of the sultans : daily life at the Ciragan palace during late 19th century, memoirs of Leyla (Saz) Hanimefendi176
12Harem years : the memoirs of an Egyptian feminist (1879-1924)188
13Memoirs of Halide Edib198
14Moslem women enter a new world209
15Arabesque221
16Three centuries : family chronicles of Turkey and Egypt235

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