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Colonialism and Imperialism: Egypt
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The onset of British occupation of Egypt in 1882 dealt a critical blow to independent Egyptian modernization and signaled the colonial restructuring of the society. Nowhere were the new relations of power between colonizer and colonized more apparent than in the area of gender relations and policies. British colonial government used the education of Egyptian women to prove its civilizing mission to its Oriental subjects. While some women writers ignored and/or were critical of that Orientalist d…

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Hatem, Mervat F., “Colonialism and Imperialism: Egypt”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0071c>
First published online: 2009

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