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Arts: Fiction and Fiction Writers: Egypt
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This entry summarizes the contributions of Egyptian women to Arabic literature in the twentieth century, emphasizing the ways in which their consciousness-raising and activism in support of women's rights served and continues to serve as the primary catalyst for much of their literary production.


From the late nineteenth century through to the early twentieth century, Egypt was the center for literary and intellectual activity in the Arab world. Many Arab writers with …

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Naaman, Mara, “Arts: Fiction and Fiction Writers: Egypt”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0289c>
First published online: 2009

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