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May Her Likes Be Multiplied: Biography and Gender Politics in Egypt

Marilyn Booth


This book reveals the Arabic tradition of life-writing in an entirely new light. Though biography had long been male authored, in the late nineteenth century, short sketches by and about women began to appear in biographical dictionaries and women's journals. By 1940, hundreds of such biographies had been published, featuring Arabs, Turks, Indians, Europeans, North Americans, and ancient Greeks and Persians. The book uses more than 500 “famous women” biographies—which include subjects as diverse as Joan of Arc, Jane Austen, Aisha bt. Abi Bakr, Sarojini Naidu, and Lucy Stone—to demonstrate how ... More

Keywords: Arabic life-writing, biographical dictionaries, women's journals, Arabs, famous women, role models, nationalist programs, feminism, politics, biographies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520224193
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520224193.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marilyn Booth, author