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Opening the Gates : An Anthology of Arab Feminist Writing - Margot Badran

Opening the Gates

An Anthology of Arab Feminist Writing

By: Margot Badran (Editor), Miriam Cooke (Editor)

Paperback Published: 21st September 2004
ISBN: 9780253217035
Number Of Pages: 461

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Praise for the first edition:

"An impressive collection of more than 50 pieces -- essays, poems, folktales, short stories, memoirs, film scripts, lectures/speeches -- by Arab women challenging the widely accepted view of Middle Eastern women as submissive non-thinkers to whom feminism is a foreign concept." -- Booklist

"Anyone interested in good writing should read Opening the Gates]. Here are first-class stories with the energy and freshness we expect from a beginning." -- Doris Lessing, The Independent

"This collection of stories, speeches, essays, poems and memoirs bears fierce testimony to a tradition of brave Arab feminist writing in the face of subjugation by a Muslim patriarchy." -- Publishers Weekly

"This impressive collection of writings by Arab women... represent s] a powerful series of vignettes by women who were both insightful and gifted, into the lives of women who have lived 'behind the veil' over the last 100 years." -- Arab Book World

"An expression of indigenous, intrepid feminism in the Arab world." -- Ms.

"Opening the Gates succeeds not because of its methodology, but because of the stories the women tell." -- Voice Literary Supplement

In this second edition of their anthology, Badran (Northwestern Univ.) and Cooke (Duke Univ.) make available not only the materials that appeared in the 1990 volume but also material written in the decade since. The first edition included some 60 contributions from women across the Arab world, materials representing a century and a half of engagement with women's issues. At a time when the term feminism was still controversial, both in Euro-America and the Middle East, Badran and Cooke emphasized its relevance to Arab women's stories. The original volume was organized according to stages or levels of feminism--with sections titled Awareness, Rejection, Activism--and included poetry, fiction, pamphlets, and public statements. Each document was prefaced with a bio-bibliographical account of its author/s. The present edition retains these features but adds a fourth section, Transitions, which includes similar documents from the 1990s--documents bearing witness to the changes wrought during the decade, both regionally and globally, and their consequences for Arab women's lives at home and in the public sphere. Libraries that do own the previous volume will certainly want this one. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students.April 2005--B. Harlow "University of Texas at Austin "

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction to the Second Editionp. xv
Prefacep. xxii
Introductionp. xxv
Growing Up to Be a Woman Writer in Lebanon (1986)p. 3
Epistolary Poem to Warda al-Turk (1867)p. 21
Who are you, Claire Gebeyli? (1968)p. 23
Difficult Journey-Mountainous Journey (1984)p. 26
Farewell, Betrothal and Wedding (c. 1945)p. 41
Amina (1985)p. 49
The Protected One (1967)p. 54
Seventy Years Later (1970)p. 57
Lecture on Clitoridectomy to the Midwives of Touil, Mauritania (1987)p. 63
Who Will Be the Man? (1981) / Honour (1981)p. 72
I Saw Her and That's Enough (1981) / In a Contemporary House (1981)p. 84
Hasan's Wives (1970)p. 92
People (1963)p. 102
Women, Nationalism and Religion in the Algerian Liberation Struggle (1987)p. 104
The Eyes in the Mirror (1981)p. 115
The Silk Bands (1988)p. 119
The Results of Circumstances in Words and Deeds (1887/8) / Family Reform (1894/5)p. 125
Bad Deeds of Men: Injustice (1909)p. 134
Our Constitution-We the Liberated Women (1961)p. 137
September Birds (1962)p. 144
A Girl Called Apple (1981)p. 155
The House of Obedience (1962)p. 160
The Excised (1982)p. 168
House of Arrest (1965)p. 174
Personal Papers (1973)p. 180
My Mother (1946)p. 186
Rima (1988)p. 191
Eyes (1988)p. 203
The Dawn of the Arabic Women's Press (1892)p. 215
Fair And Equal Treatment (1891)p. 220
A Lecture in the Club of the Umma Party (1909)p. 227
Warda al-Yaziji (1924)p. 239
The Elopement and the Impossible Joy (1958)p. 244
The Effect of Books and Novels on Morals (1920) / The Difference between Men and Women (1920)p. 257
Unveiling and Veiling (1928) / The Young Woman and the Shaikhs (1928)p. 270
Double Standard (1925)p. 279
The Voice of Happiness (1964)p. 282
The Gate of Heaven is Open (1987)p. 296
Two Faces, One Woman (1980)p. 304
From Tumbling on the Snow (1982)p. 314
Who's Cleverer: Man or Woman?p. 317
My Life (1985)p. 328
Eight Eyes (1975)p. 332
Pan-Arab Feminism (1944)p. 337
Arab Women's Intellectual Heritage (1944)p. 341
We Egyptian Women (1949)p. 343
Islam and the Constitutional Rights of Woman (1952)p. 352
Feast of Unveiling (1973) / Why, Reverend Shaikh? (1976)p. 357
Challenges Facing the Arab Woman at the End of the 20th Century (1987)p. 366
Legal Rights of the Egyptian Woman (1988)p. 372
An Unveiled Voice (1988)p. 375
Introduction to Nawal al-Saadawi's Ferdaous (1983)p. 386
Women's Rights Are Human Rights Are Islamic Rights (2003)p. 397
Egyptian Women Finally Get Their Due (2003)p. 405
Testimonial of a Creative Woman (1996)p. 411
Road (1999) / Belongings (1999) / Confession (1999) / Spillage (1999) / Setting Sail (1999)p. 416
How to Become a Man (1998) / The First Letters (1998)p. 419
Documenting (1997) / Still (1997)p. 422
From National Resistance to Feminist Activism (1991-92)p. 424
Another Role for the Abaya (1994)p. 429
Sacred Narratives Linking Iraqi Shiite Women (2004)p. 436
Bab al-Saha (1990)p. 446
Glossaryp. 451
Indexp. 455
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ISBN: 9780253217035
ISBN-10: 0253217032
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 461
Published: 21st September 2004
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 15.7  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised