Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Historical Dictionary of Women in the Middle East and North Africa

Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Historical Dictionary of Women in the Middle East and North Africa

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Ghada Talhami. Historical Dictionary of Women in the Middle East and North Africa Toronto: Scarecrow Press, 2012. 440 pages. Hardcover $100.00

While the role of women in the Middle East and North Africa has generally been neglected or ignored in studies of the region's historical, social and political development, this book helps to place them at the center of Middle East history as active participants and change agents.

This historical dictionary brings together and recognizes women's struggles and contributions in the Middle East and North Africa. It is a documentation of the role that women have played in the evolution of Middle Eastern and North African history and the effect that historical events have had on them. The bringing together of historical, scholarly and literary works in this form challenges the traditional orientalist consensus that ignored or minimized the contributions of women and their impact on historical events. Highlighting human rights issues, myths and misconceptions, this encyclopedia brings together diverse works and passionately demonstrates the pattern of contribution that women of the Middle East have made toward the cultural, social, and political life in the Middle East and North Africa today.

The historical dictionary is a compendium of available knowledge, biographies and written work of Middle Eastern and North African women and feminists. The book presents a chronology dating back to 2649 BCE, and provides an ordering of past events, locating them in historical sequence. …

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