Harem Years: The Memoirs of an Egyptian Feminist (1879-1924)
A firsthand account of the private world of a harem in colonial Cairo--by a groundbreaking Egyptian feminist who helped liberate countless women.
In this compelling memoir, 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.
In this fascinating account of a true original feminist, readers are offered a glimpse into a world rarely seen by westerners, and insight into a woman who would not be kept as property or a second-class citizen.
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LibraryThing ReviewRevisió d'Usuari - Pantalaimon01 - LibraryThing
An interesting biography of Huda Shaarawi, drawing upon some her own past diary entries. Huda Shaarawi grew up in the Harem - the area of a house in Egypt where well-off women stayed, separate from ... Llegeix la ressenya completa
LibraryThing ReviewRevisió d'Usuari - SChant - LibraryThing
Disappointing. The "Harem Years" were a dull memoir of privilege, and the later years where she became involved in anti-colonialism and feminism were only lightly touched on in the last chapter. Llegeix la ressenya completa
THE EUNUCHS AND THE MAID
ROUTINES AND EVENTS
A NEW MENTOR AND HER SALON FOR WOMEN
A CURE IN PARIS
BEING A MOTHER
A TURKISH SUMMER
THE FIRST PUBLIC LECTURES FOR WOMEN
THE MABARAT MUHAMMAD ALI
THE INTELLECTUAL ASSOCIATION OF EGYPTIAN WOMEN
VISITING THE PALACE
CHILDHOOD COMPANIONS AND THE FAREWELL
A NEW BRIDE
ATTEMPTS AT RECONCILIATION
SOJOURNS IN ALEXANDRIA
PORTRAIT OF THE HARD LIFE OF A WOMAN