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Casting Off the Veil: The Life of Huda Shaarawi, Egypt's First Feminist

Casting Off the Veil: The Life of Huda Shaarawi, Egypt's First Feminist
Sania Sharawi Lanfranchi

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In 1923, when the pioneer of feminist activism, Huda Shaarawi, removed her veil in Cairo's train station, she created what became a landmark (and much-copied) gesture for feminists throughout Egypt and the Middle East and cemented her status as one of the most important feminists in twentieth-century Egypt. In Casting off the Veil, her granddaughter Sania Sharawi Lanfranchi uses never-before seen letters and photographs to explore the life and thought of Egypt's first feminist, as she campaigned against British occupation, as well as striving to improve conditions for women throughout the country. From her birth into a wealthy and powerful family, her early years spent in a harem, to her iconic status as one of the most influential feminists in Middle Eastern history, this is a fascinating portrait of a determined and ground-breaking woman, a rich and important story which will captivate everyone with an interest in Egyptian, feminist or colonial history.

Author Info

Sania Sharawi Lanfranchi is a freelance translator, working with organisations as: the World Heath Organisation (WHO), the Library of Alexandria, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She holds postgraduate degrees in both English Literature and Arabic Literature from the American University in Cairo.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

Paperback
ISBN: 9781784532765
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2014

Hardback
ISBN: 9781848857193
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2011
Number of Pages: 224
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 2 integrated bw illustrations

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