Growing Up Feminist in a Muslim Land

This memoir by an Egyptian woman is at once a personal journey and an investigation into the political and social construction of modern Egypt. It casts a humorous, though at times a cynical, look at all those events, refusing to privilege one ideology over another or to pay homage to particular idols, figures or unquestioned modes of thinking.

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Words: 33,550
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452346632
About Amira Nowaira

Amira Nowaira obtained her Ph. D. in English from Birmingham University, UK. She is former Chairperson of the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University, Egypt, and is currently Professor of English Literature in the same Department. She has published extensively in various fields including English, Arabic and comparative literature, Arab women’s writing and translation. She translated into Arabic Susan Bassnett’s book Comparative Literature: A Critical Introduction and into English (with Azza El Kholy) Iqbal Qazwini’s novel Zubaida’s Window (Feminist Press, 2008). She is also co-editor of The Feminist Press's Women Writing Africa: The Northern Region (Feminist Press 2009). She translated into English Taha Hussein’s The Future of Culture in Egypt (to be published by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina) and into Arabic (with Nabil Nowaira) Randa Abdel Fattah’s novel Where the Streets Had a Name (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, 2010).

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Review by: Elizabeth Zuckerman on March 10, 2011 : (no rating)
An excellent and fascinating work. I learned a great deal about 20th c. Egyptian history and about the life of a young girl at the time. Nowaira is a fine writer, and I particularly enjoyed the humor with which she described her youth.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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