"The Women's Awakening in Egypt" by Beth Baron

The Women's Awakening in Egypt Culture, Society, and the Press Beth Baron

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
25 Aug 1997
ISBN:
9780300072716
Dimensions:
272 pages: 216 x 140 x 15mm
Illustrations:
black & white illustrations

Between 1892 and 1920 nearly thirty Arabic periodicals by, for, and about women were produced in Egypt for circulation throughout the Arab world. In this book, Beth Baron presents the first sustained study of this remarkable material. Showing that the Egyptian women's press was a forum for debating such topics as the rights of woman, marriage and divorce, and veiling and seclusion, Baron sets it in the context of a greater social transformation in the decades before the 1919 revolution and broadens our understanding of the social and cultural history of the period.

"Beth Baron thoroughly examines the women's press in late 19th- and early 20th-century Egypt. No other sources on women in Egypt during this time period cover the women's press. She introduces the text with biographical accounts of the major journalists and descriptions of the magazines they published. . . . Recommended for women's studies and Middle Eastern collections."—Library Journal

"Baron's work celebrates the creativity of women writers and succeeds impressively in recovering their voices. Her diligence in reading hitherto unknown journals and bringing to light obscure writers offers a new, feminine vantage point on the rising Egyptian middle class, and for this achievement she deserves full praise. . . . [An] engagingly written work."—Robert L. Tignor, New York Times Book Review

"The Women's Awakening in Egypt . . . has the makings of a minor classic: previously unknown material and convincing interpretations, an uncluttered style, clear organization, cautious argumentation, careful delimitation of the subject matter, and just enough background and information to allow non-specialists to follow the argument."—Lila Abu-Lughod, The Women's Review of Books

"Baron offers, in this most interesting book, not only an account of the origins of women's writing and public activism, but historical insight into the new middle class and its ideologies."—Arlene Elowe MacLeod, Middle East Journal

"A well-researched, well-thought out, well-written, and original study of the women's awakening in Egypt."—Houri Berberian, UCLA Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

"Baron's book adds considerably to our understanding of Egyptian life at the turn of the century. . . . A well-documented and very readable book."—Marjorie Wall Bingham, International Journal of Middle East Studies

"Baron's well-written, extensively researched work examines in depth a fascinating and previously little-utilized source central to the awakening, almost thirty Arabic women's periodicals edited in the period before the revolution of 1919. . . . Will be of value to scholars and contemporary political thinkers."—Janice Gordon-Keller, The Annals of the American Academy

"Beth Baron's fine and elegant study of the Arabic women's press traces the elaboration of a new female literary culture in Egypt. . . . Baron's work represents a considerable achievement. by recovering the texts, voices, and lives of these pioneers of the women's press, she has conferred historical agency upon them. By carefully listening to what they said, by thoughtfully considering why they wrote and how their writings were received, she has indeed laid to rest 'the myth that women yielded the struggle for women's rights, or the thinking about that struggle, to men'."—Julia Clancy-Smith, Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt

"Professor Baron should be congratulated for breaking new grounds in the study of the Arabic press as well as in the study of Middle Eastern women."—Ami Ayalon, Middle Eastern Studies