Literature, Gender, and Nation-Building in by M. Hatem

By M. Hatem

This ebook examines how the method of nation-building in Egypt helped rework Egypt from an Ottoman province to an Arabic conversing nationwide group. in the course of the dialogue of the lifestyles and works of  the renowned author `A'isha Taymur, Hatem provides insight into how literature and the altering gender roles of ladies and males contributed to the definition and/or improvement of a feeling of neighborhood.

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In the eighteenth century, major confrontations between the two armies took place in Kurdish territories. 20 This background history explained Ahmed’s elliptical reference to how the rise of the city of Sulaymaniya contributed to the decline of Baqarat Gulan as an important fortress town where the military contracted rural soldiers for the defense of Ottoman lands. 21 While Muhammad Taymur’s birth date was not known, his grandson claimed that he died in 1847–48 at the age of 80. This indicated that he might have been born around 1767–68 and became an adult during 1780s.

In the Arabic introduction to Nata’ij al-Ahwal, she offered the following account: My father, may God rest him in heaven, told my mother: “Leave me this girl [so I can train her] for the pen and paper. ” He then took my hand and led me out to where the writers were gathering. He arranged for 2 tutors to educate me: one in the Persian language and the other in Arabic. Every night, he would review with me what I learned. Gradually, I became more discerning deciding that I was inclined to The Changing Islamic-Ottoman World of the Taymur Familyh{Û l@®Ú 23 poetry.

She was diligent in teaching me. She worked hard to explain things cleverly and clearly. But I was not receptive. I would not improve in these feminine crafts. I used to flee from her like a prey seeking to escape the net. [At the same time] I would look forward to attending the gatherings of prominent writers without any awkwardness. €. and I became convinced that membership in this group was the most abundant blessing. To satisfy my longing, I would collect any sheets of paper and small pencils and then I would go to a place away from everyone and imitate the writers in their scribe.

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