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Arab women going public : Mayy Ziyādah and her literary salon in a comparative context

Author: Boutheina Khaldi
Publisher: 2008.
Dissertation: Thesis (Ph. D.)--Indiana University, Depts. of Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This thesis proposes that the salon of the early 20 th-century Egyptian literary figure, Mayy Ziyadah (d. 1941) was more dynamically involved in the 19-20th-century Arab Awakening (Nahd&dotbelow;ah) than hitherto recognized. Through careful planning and discreet engagement with the Egyptian and Arab cultural milieu, Mayy Ziyadah attracted the most important and effective intellectuals not only to attend her salon
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Named Person: Mayy Ziyādah; Mayy Ziyādah
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Boutheina Khaldi
OCLC Number: 471814336
Description: vii, 280, 4 leaves.
Responsibility: Boutheina Khaldi.

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This thesis proposes that the salon of the early 20 th-century Egyptian literary figure, Mayy Ziyadah (d. 1941) was more dynamically involved in the 19-20th-century Arab Awakening (Nahd&dotbelow;ah) than hitherto recognized. Through careful planning and discreet engagement with the Egyptian and Arab cultural milieu, Mayy Ziyadah attracted the most important and effective intellectuals not only to attend her salon and participate in its proceedings, but also to propagate the ideas and debates of the salon through media channels in the public sphere. To appease different and conflicting interests in a period of transformation, she practiced and adopted an accommodating mode that brought together on the one hand the model of the French salonnieres and, on the other hand, the traditional---though rare---Arab models of women's salons.

While the Arab traditional component can be considered to represent a historical native model, the role of the French salonnieres in shaping Mayy Ziyadah's salon is not so clear and requires careful comparative analysis and justification. My thesis proposes to read Mayy Ziyadah's involvement in the French model in terms of awareness and need. Awareness of the French salonnieres came with the colonial incursion, occasioned by Napoleon's expedition (1798) and its aftermath.

My contribution lies in the cultural focus with its comparative parameters between the Arab tradition and the French model. With a detailed analysis of Mayy Ziyadah's writings in light of how they bear on her activity as a salonniere, I hope to present an analysis of how her salon functioned to formulate and propagate the ideas of the Arab Awakening.

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