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The Resource Unveiling the harem : elite women and the paradox of seclusion in eighteenth-century Cairo, Mary Ann Fay

Unveiling the harem : elite women and the paradox of seclusion in eighteenth-century Cairo, Mary Ann Fay

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Unveiling the harem : elite women and the paradox of seclusion in eighteenth-century Cairo
Title
Unveiling the harem
Title remainder
elite women and the paradox of seclusion in eighteenth-century Cairo
Statement of responsibility
Mary Ann Fay
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
There is a long history in the West of representing Middle Eastern women as uniformly oppressed by Islam, by Islamic law, and by men. Stereotypical views of Middle Eastern women today maintain that they are without legal rights, do not attend universities or have jobs outside their homes, and are not full citizens of their countries because they cannot vote or hold public office. Similar misinformation circulated in the eighteenth century when European male travellers to Egypt, documenting their observations, depicted harem women as sexual objects, deprived of autonomy, and held captive by their husbands. Fay's Unveiling the Harem offers a persuasive corrective to this distorted view of Middle Eastern women. Instead of the odalisque of nineteenth-century painting and the fevered imaginings of European travellers, historical research reveals that elite women in powerful, wealthy households exercised their rights under Islamic law, property rights in particular, to become owners of lucrative real estate in Cairo as well as influential members of their families and the wider society. One such woman, Sitt Nafisa, who was literate in several languages, commissioned a public water fountain and a Qur'anic school that still stands today. She played a pivotal role as the intermediary between French officials and her husband, who was leading the revolt against the French from Upper Egypt. Based on documents from various archives in Cairo, including records of women's property ownership, repeated visits to eighteenth-century palaces and their family quarters, and textual reconstruction's of the elite residential neighbourhoods of the city, Unveiling the Harem presents a lucid and historically grounded portrait of Egyptian women, stripped of the powerless victim narrative that is still with us today
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MdBmJHUP
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Fay, Mary Ann
Dewey number
305.40962/16
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ1793
LC item number
.F39 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Middle East studies beyond dominant paradigms
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  • Households
  • Harems
  • Mamelukes
  • Women
  • Cairo (Egypt)
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • HISTORY
  • Harems
  • Households
  • Mamelukes
  • Manners and customs
  • Women
  • Egypt
Label
Unveiling the harem : elite women and the paradox of seclusion in eighteenth-century Cairo, Mary Ann Fay
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Publication
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not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Reimagining the harem: from orientalist fantasies to historical reconstruction -- Egypt in the eighteenth century: the transition from the medieval to the early modern -- Slaves in the family: Islam, household slavery, and the construction of kinship -- The Mamluk household: how a house became a home -- Mamluk women and the Egyptian economy: a comparative perspective on women's property rights -- The city as text: space, gender, and power in Cairo -- The architecture of seclusion: in search of the historical harem -- Everyday life in the harem -- Changing the subject: gender and the history of the Mamluk revival -- Epilogue
Control code
859674267
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (344 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780815651703
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • c
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22573/ctt1hzbp4r
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not applicable
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not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859674267
Label
Unveiling the harem : elite women and the paradox of seclusion in eighteenth-century Cairo, Mary Ann Fay
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Reimagining the harem: from orientalist fantasies to historical reconstruction -- Egypt in the eighteenth century: the transition from the medieval to the early modern -- Slaves in the family: Islam, household slavery, and the construction of kinship -- The Mamluk household: how a house became a home -- Mamluk women and the Egyptian economy: a comparative perspective on women's property rights -- The city as text: space, gender, and power in Cairo -- The architecture of seclusion: in search of the historical harem -- Everyday life in the harem -- Changing the subject: gender and the history of the Mamluk revival -- Epilogue
Control code
859674267
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (344 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780815651703
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1hzbp4r
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859674267

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