Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist

Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist : The Life and Activism of Anbara Salam Khalidi

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Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist is the first English translation of the memoirs of Anbara Salam Khalidi, the iconic Arab feminist. At a time when women are playing a leading role in the Arab Spring, this book brings to life an earlier period of social turmoil and women's activism through one remarkable life. Anbara Salam was born in 1897 to a notable Sunni Muslim family of Beirut. She grew up in 'Greater Syria', in which unhindered travel between Beirut, Jerusalem and Damascus was possible, and wrote a series of newspaper articles calling on women to fight for their rights within the Ottoman Empire. In 1927 she caused a public scandal by removing her veil during a lecture at the American University of Beirut. Later she translated Homer and Virgil into Arabic and fled from Jerusalem to Beirut following the establishment of Israel in 1948. She died in Beirut in 1986. These memoirs have long been acclaimed by Middle East historians as an essential resource for the social history of Beirut and the larger Arab world in the 19th and 20th more

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  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 136 x 218 x 16mm | 339.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745333575
  • 9780745333571

About Anbara Salam Khalidi

Anbara Salam Khalidi (1897 - 1986) was a feminist, activist, writer and translator of classic literary works into more

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These memoirs are a fascinating record of experiences witnessed by a pioneer feminist in Beirut whose name is rightly synonymous with the feminist, social and literary renaissance of the Arab East. ... From now on [neither] the history of Beirut in the modern period nor the history of the modern feminist movement in the Arab world [can] be written without reference to these very memoirs. -- Kamal Salibi, prominent Lebanese historian and former Professor of History at the American University of Beirut Anbara Salam Khalidi was a truly exceptional woman. Her book stands witness to a momentous period [of history]; throughout, she was in the vanguard of reform, active at key turning points of the turbulent twentieth century. ... These memoirs have rightly become a classic with the Arabic public, and now can at last reach Anglophone readers. The book offers us unparalleled insight; her story sharpens the sense that the freedoms that some of us are fortunate to enjoy were hard-won by forebears like Anbara. -- Marina Warner, from the forewordshow more

Table of contents

Translator's Acknowledgments List of Illustrations Prologue 1. Upbringing and family My first school; Other childhood memories; Means of transport and new inventions; Weddings and funerals 2. Political events before the First World War The trip to Cairo; My education (continued); Awakenings; The reform movement; The Paris Conference; The "Yellow" peril; First signs of a secret revolution; My studies at home; The Society for the Awakening of the Young Arab Woman 3. An engagement that was not completed Jamal Pasha and his iniquities; The war period and my meeting with Jamal Pasha; Workshops and refugee shelters in wartime; The Muslim Girls' Club and Ahmad Mukhtar Bayhum 4. The war's end Occupation and the Mandate; The Syrian Congress; My father's opposition to the Mandate and his exile to Duma; French vindictiveness and severe financial losses for the family; The Lake Huleh story 5. Society for Women's Renaissance My trip to England; Returning to Beirut; Unveiling; The progress of feminism; Feminist conferences; Some pioneers of feminism 6. Back to the literary scene of the 1920s and beyond Some women literary figures 7. The story of my marriage Palestine my homeland; British policy in Palestine; Palestinian women; Zionist propaganda; Our literary and social life; Deir Amr; The Jericho Project; Jerusalem and the Arab College; Back to family life; My children 8. Exile Loss of homeland, loss of partner Indexshow more

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