The “Woman Question” in Palestine and the Debate in the Arabic Press

Ellen L. Fleischmann

in The Nation and Its "New" Women

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520237896
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937048 | DOI:
The “Woman Question” in Palestine and the Debate in the Arabic Press

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Just like in other areas in Middle East, Palestine was engaged in the heated debate on issues related to women and gender that had begun to generate controversy among intellectuals and reformers in the late nineteenth century. In Palestine, the Arabic press was a primary vehicle through which growing alarm about gender was articulated. The increasing visibility of women outside the confines of their homes stimulated and fired controversy, as more of them appeared in public, attending schools, entering the work force, delivering speeches, and participating in organized activities. In connection to this matter, the Arabic press articulated such strong interest in the “woman question” that one can argue it became a major partisan of the women's movement.

Keywords: Arabic press; women; movement; Middle East; debate; gender

Chapter.  12789 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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