The Liberation of Women and The New Woman: Two Documents in the History of Egyptian Feminism by Qasim Amin and Samiha Sidhom Peterson

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The Liberation of Women and The New Woman are two of the earliest and most important documents on women's emancipation in the Arab world. Qasim Amin (1863-1908) wrote The Liberation of Women in 1899, arguing that the liberation of women was a prerequisite for Egypt's liberation. Basing his arguments on Islamic principles, he met with severe criticism. In response, he wrote The New Woman in 1900, relying more on a Western model of development. These two books remain key works for understanding the Arab feminist movement. This is the first time both works appear together in English.

Year: 2000


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