Harem Years: The Memoirs of an Egyptian Feminist, 1879-1924 / Edition 1

Harem Years: The Memoirs of an Egyptian Feminist, 1879-1924 / Edition 1

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by Huda Shaarawi, Huda Sha'rawi
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0935312706

ISBN-13: 9780935312706

Pub. Date: 01/01/1993

Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The


In this firsthand account of the private world of a harem in colonial Cairo, Shaarawi recalls her childhood and early adult life in the seclusion of an upper-class Egyptian household, including her marriage at age thirteen. Her subsequent separation from her husband gave her time for an extended formal education, as well as an unexpected taste of independence.

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In this firsthand account of the private world of a harem in colonial Cairo, Shaarawi recalls her childhood and early adult life in the seclusion of an upper-class Egyptian household, including her marriage at age thirteen. Her subsequent separation from her husband gave her time for an extended formal education, as well as an unexpected taste of independence. Shaarawi's feminist activism grew, along with her involvement in Egypt's nationalist struggle, culminating in 1923 when she publicly removed her veil in a Cairo railroad station, a daring act of defiance.

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ISBN-13:
9780935312706
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
01/01/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,091,797
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Shaarawi's memoir details the precious moments of her childhood escapades. Because she was close to her brother, she was able to venture beyond the usual activities of most girls. In her later years, she was afforded many freedoms because of her family's status and protection, the cooperation of her husband, from whom she separated for a number of formative years, and by the movement of the Egyptian government in those days to 'modernize' and to encourage women to be educated and have careers. Interestingly, the Koran was used as the justification for women's equality. This is a very important historical record from which to view the change in women's status in Egypt and the Middle East in general. This book helps us understand the how today's political motives also utilize religion for their purposes.