Gender Studies

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

Reina Lewis and Nancy Micklewright, eds., New York: I.B. Tauris, 2006. 259 pages.

This book presents a dialogue between western and Middle Eastern women that is often presumed never to have happened. It supplies us with a collection of extracts from Ottoman,  Egyptian, British, and American writers, each accompanied with a biography and literary introduction of its writer. The book covers 100 years, beginning with 1837, and focuses on writings by women from Istanbul and Cairo, key locations for the flowering of Middle Eastern feminism. As mentioned in the “Introduction,” the articulation of women’s views was particularly advanced in these two cities.

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