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May Her Likes Be MultipliedBiography and Gender Politics in Egypt$
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Marilyn Booth

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520224193

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520224193.001.0001

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Siting Biography: A Politics of Address

Siting Biography: A Politics of Address

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May Her Likes Be Multiplied
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Marilyn Booth

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520224193.003.0002

Qadriyya Husayn, Turkish princess in Egypt, wrote about Egyptian queens and early Muslim women. She carried on the work of Zaynab Fawwāz and, like her, privileged some features of the tabaqāt tradition and muted others. These shifts emerged also in biographies of “Famous Women”—of Fawwāz, Husayn, and hundreds of others—that appeared in periodicals in Egypt targeted largely at women as subject and audience, and edited primarily by women. For, from its emergence in 1892, “the women's press” celebrated famous women, borrowing texts from Fawwāz and Husayn, and writing many others. We have already watched Labība Hāshim editing life stories taken from Scattered Pearls on the Generations of the Mistresses of Seclusion, expanding the range of biographical subjects. This chapter introduces that range and describes the magazines themselves by scrutinizing the politics of address of the earliest ones. It sets the emergence of women's magazines and the siting of “Famous Women” therein into Egypt's shifting political scene.

Keywords:   Zaynab Fawwāz, biographies, famous women, Labība Hāshim, Egypt, Qadriyya Husayn, tabaqāt, politics of address, women's magazines

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