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The Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf

Radwa Ashour, Ferial J. Ghazoul and Hasna Reda-Mekdashi

in Arab Women Writers

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9789774161469
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781936190003 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774161469.003.0009
The Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf

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The appearance of women's creative writing in the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf area is linked with the rise of the education of girls. The rise of women's literature in the Arabian Peninsula is also linked to the press, where women first began publishing shortly in the 1950s. Pioneering efforts have recently been made in the field of children's literature, and engaging or educational books for children differ from the normal fare found in the wider Arab world. It would be inaccurate to suggest that women's literature in the Gulf has followed a linear path of development, or that each decade represents a decisive point in its evolution and that women writers belong to clear-cut literary generations. Later generations of writers are not necessarily better than those who preceded them; rather, writers who continue to write improve with practice and experience, although this is certainly not inevitable.

Keywords: creative writing; Arabian Peninsula; women's literature; education; writer

Chapter.  13720 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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