Harem Years by Huda Shaarawi
The Memoirs of an Egyptian Feminist, 1879-1924

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The Women Writing Africa Series

In this rare first-hand account of the private world of a harem in colonial Cairo, Shaarawi recalls her childhood and early adult life in the seclusion of an upper-class Egyptian household, including her marriage at age thirteen. Her subsequent separation from her husband gave her time for an extended formal education, as well as an unexpected taste of independence. Shaarawi’s feminist activism grew along with her involvement in Egypt’s nationalist struggle and culminated in 1923 when she publicly removed her veil in a Cairo railroad station, a daring act of defiance.


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Published July 10, 1986 by Virago Press Ltd. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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