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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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Jeanne d’Arc, Egyptian Nationalist: Community, Identity, and Difference

Jeanne d’Arc, Egyptian Nationalist: Community, Identity, and Difference

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May Her Likes Be Multiplied

Marilyn Booth

University of California Press

From Hatshepsut to Safiyya Zaghlūl, from Eleanor Roosevelt to Betsy Taqlā to Jeanne d'Arc, biographical subjects “East” and “West” are united textually by “love of nation.” Ironically, putting “nation” first meant celebrating “national” loyalties of Western subjects without attending to their implications for global power relations. Such a silence mirrored women's magazines' self-distancing from “politics.” For a publicly visible Syrian in Egypt such as Taqlā, it was most comfortable to collapse watan and “East” to define patriotism as pride in “the East.” Of the hundreds of “Famous Women” profiled in women's magazines in Egypt before 1940, Jeanne d'Arc appeared most frequently of all. This chapter examines the motifs and rhetoric that constructed a Jeanne suitable for local consumption, emphases which furthered liberal nationalist agendas on the politics of religious identity and gender simultaneously. It discusses how the politics of gender and nation intersected with the fact of Jeanne's Westernness: for biographers in Egypt territorialized and domesticated this icon of Western nationalism, feminism, and subnational resistances to national hegemonies.

Keywords:   Jeanne d'Arc, biographical subjects, East, West, nationalism, politics, Famous Women, biographies, Egypt, gender

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