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Qasim Amin (1863-1908), an Egyptian lawyer, is best known for his advocacy of women's emancipation in Egypt, through a number of works including The Liberation of Women and The New Woman. In the first of these important books in 1899, he started from the premise that the liberation of women was an essential prerequisite for the liberation of Egyptian society from foreign d ...more
Paperback, 205 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by American University in Cairo Press
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Alex
This guy is not a feminist nor is the "father of Egyptian feminism," as they say. He is not "progressive for his time," either- you can find much more progressive thoughts in even the reactionary Egyptian press of the period. He is, however, Western educated and secular, a stance that many people confuse with feminism (particularly in the Arab context). Unfortunately, he was a patriarchal misogynist.

Here is a paragraph from an analysis of this book I recently wrote:

"Despite his status in the can
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Robert Wood
It was interesting rereading this after doing a lot of research on Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Amin combines Gilman's interest in progressivism with an interest in reforming the Islamic family structures of Egypt, arguing that the restrictions on women are a creation of custom and superstition, rather than a commitment to the religion. The text additionally links the question of the liberation of women with the liberation of the nation from colonial influence, linking the progress of women with th ...more
Ms.
Highly highly highly recommend this book. Amin who died in 1908 was an Egyptian lawyer who was well known for being an advocated of women's emancipation. Amin also helped found Cairo University.
He writes in a manner that is captivating and this text is simply marvelous.

I went into this text with my own bias knowning that Amin is male and writing about women's issues. It seemed instinctively wrong that a man was arguing for the liberation of women. And this is an important bias of which to be awa
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Matt
Very conservative approach to rationalizing Feminism.
June
it's a classic for anyone interested in gender debate in Islam. amin mentions many debatable issues that may still be applicable to present day situation in many Muslim countries, including education, marriage life, child rearing, polygamy, etc.
Dillon Tatum
This is two books in one (what a deal) written at the turn of the century by Egyptian feminist Qasim Amin. It is interesting to compare his ideas to feminism today.
Sarah Kholusi
Read Chapter 3 & 4 in a history class, entitled "The Making of the modern Arab World"
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