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Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist: The Life and Activism of Anbara Salam Khalidi

Anbara Salam Khalidi

Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist: The Life and Activism of Anbara Salam Khalidi

Anbara Salam Khalidi

Distributed for Pluto Press

184 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745333564 Published April 2013 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780745333571 Published April 2013 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist is the first English translation of the memoirs of Anbara Salam Khalidi, the iconic Arab feminist. At a time when women are playing a leading role in the Arab Spring, this book brings to life an earlier period of social turmoil and women's activism through one remarkable life.

Anbara Salam was born in 1897 to a notable Sunni Muslim family of Beirut. She grew up in 'Greater Syria', in which unhindered travel between Beirut, Jerusalem and Damascus was possible, and wrote a series of newspaper articles calling on women to fight for their rights within the Ottoman Empire. In 1927 she caused a public scandal by removing her veil during a lecture at the American University of Beirut.

Later she translated Homer and Virgil into Arabic and fled from Jerusalem to Beirut following the establishment of Israel in 1948. She died in Beirut in 1986. These memoirs have long been acclaimed by Middle East historians as an essential resource for the social history of Beirut and the larger Arab world in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Contents

Translator’s Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Prologue
1. Upbringing and family
My first school; Other childhood memories; Means of transport and new inventions; Weddings and funerals
2. Political events before the First World War
The trip to Cairo; My education (continued); Awakenings; The reform movement; The Paris Conference; The “Yellow” peril; First signs of a secret revolution; My studies at home; The Society for the Awakening of the Young Arab Woman
3. An engagement that was not completed
Jamal Pasha and his iniquities; The war period and my meeting with Jamal Pasha; Workshops and refugee shelters in wartime; The Muslim Girls’ Club and Ahmad Mukhtar Bayhum
4. The war’s end
Occupation and the Mandate; The Syrian Congress; My father’s opposition to the Mandate and his exile to Duma; French vindictiveness and severe financial losses for the family; The Lake Huleh story
5. Society for Women’s Renaissance
My trip to England; Returning to Beirut; Unveiling; The progress of feminism; Feminist conferences; Some pioneers of feminism
6. Back to the literary scene of the 1920s and beyond
Some women literary figures
7. The story of my marriage
Palestine my homeland; British policy in Palestine; Palestinian women; Zionist propaganda; Our literary and social life; Deir Amr; The Jericho Project; Jerusalem and the Arab College; Back to family life; My children
8. Exile
Loss of homeland, loss of partner
Index

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