Siting Biography: A Politics of Address

Marilyn Booth

in May Her Likes Be Multiplied

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780520224193
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925212 | DOI:
Siting Biography: A Politics of Address

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Qadriyya Husayn, Turkish princess in Egypt, wrote about Egyptian queens and early Muslim women. She carried on the work of Zaynab Fawwāz and, like her, privileged some features of the tabaqāt tradition and muted others. These shifts emerged also in biographies of “Famous Women”—of Fawwāz, Husayn, and hundreds of others—that appeared in periodicals in Egypt targeted largely at women as subject and audience, and edited primarily by women. For, from its emergence in 1892, “the women's press” celebrated famous women, borrowing texts from Fawwāz and Husayn, and writing many others. We have already watched Labība Hāshim editing life stories taken from Scattered Pearls on the Generations of the Mistresses of Seclusion, expanding the range of biographical subjects. This chapter introduces that range and describes the magazines themselves by scrutinizing the politics of address of the earliest ones. It sets the emergence of women's magazines and the siting of “Famous Women” therein into Egypt's shifting political scene.

Keywords: Zaynab Fawwāz; biographies; famous women; Labība Hāshim; Egypt; Qadriyya Husayn; tabaqāt; politics of address; women's magazines

Chapter.  11592 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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