Women Pioneers in the 20th Century: Figures and Issues

Hoda Elsadda, 2001 Books


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This book, edited by Hoda Elsadda, is a collection of articles discussing the main concerns of the early decades of the 20th century: gender, nationalism, education, work, modernity and traditions. The articles, presenting different discourses and analytical perspectives, are the research papers that were presented in two conferences held by the Women and Memory Forum in remembrance of Malak Hifni Nasif and Nabawiya Musa, two Egyptian women pioneers at the turn of the 20th century. The first section of the book deals with Malak Hifni Nasif and her contribution to the issues and debates of her day. The second section sheds light on Nabawiya Musa and her achievements in the general context of the Egyptian political cultural scene and her role in modern Egyptian history and the field of education. The third section deals with the issues of work and education in Egypt throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Section Four includes presentations made at the roundtable discussions held in the conferences. The book ends with the testimonies of three women who played active public roles in 20th century Egypt.  Table of Contents:  – Hoda Elsadda: Introduction: Women Pioneers   Section One: Malak Hifni Nasif – Mervat Hatem: Malak Hifni Nassef: Old and New Approaches – Olfat Al-Rubi: Women Writing about Women: May Ziyada and the Seeker in the Desert – Marilyn Booth: Examples of Literary Constructions of the Life of Malak Hifni Nasif – Sayed El-Bahrawi: Malak Hifni Nassef and the Questions of Identity – Hanan Hanah: Ambiguity in the Thought of Malak Hifni Nasif   Section Two: Nabawaiya Musa – Adel Musa: On Nabawiya Musa – Mohamed Abul-Asaad: The Crisis in Elite Thought: A Reading of Nabawiya Musa – Rania Abdel-Rahman: Ethical Politics of Nabawiya Musa – Hoda Elsadda: Education and Liberation: Nabawiya Musa and Issues of Gender and Nation – Mona Naguib Mikhail: Nabawiya Musa and Al-Taher Haddad   Section Three: On Work and Education – Rauf Abbas: The Independence of the University – Women and the University by Gaber Asfour  – Hala Kamal: Lectures in the Women’s Section in the Egyptian University (1909-1912)  – Awad Tewfik Awad: British Colonialism and Girls’ Education (1882-1923) – Latifa Salem: Women’s contribution to the Women’s Labor Market – Hoda Zakariya: Transformations in Women’s Labor in Egypt in the 1990s – Malak Zaalouk: Community Schools in Egypt   Section Four: Roundtable Somaya Ramadan (coordonator): Remembering Malak Hifni Nassef   Section Five Sahar Sobhi (coordinator): Testimonies by Three Women: Widad Mitry, Aida Fahmy and Zainab Al-Itriby

Edited by: Hoda Elsadda

Women Pioneers of the Twentieth Century is comprised of the research papers presented at two conferences held by The Women and Memory Forum. The conferences aimed at shedding light on the pioneering roles played by Malak Hafni Nassef and Nabawiyah Musa in Egyptian women’s movement. The conferences are part of an ongoing effort by the Women and Memory Forum to present the lives, and revive the memory of both famous and forgotten women who played an active role in modern times.

Published by: Women and Memory Forum
Organziation URL: http://www.wmf.org.eg/
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