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Composing EgyptReading, Writing, and the Emergence of a Modern Nation, 1870-1930$
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Hoda A. Yousef

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804797115

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804797115.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Literacies, Publics, and Gender

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(p.3) Introduction
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Composing Egypt
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Hoda A. Yousef

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804797115.003.0002

This chapter introduces the idea of gendered public literacies; that is, broad-based literacies that changed the contours of public spaces and had lasting implications for gendered uses of literacy. These three lenses are central to the process of unpacking the influence of Arabic language reforms, women’s roles in public life, protests and activism, and education among a broader segment of Egyptians—not just among the educated elite. The introduction also details the sources and methodology of this study and provides some historical background on Egypt during this period.

Keywords:   literacy, literacy rates, literacies, methodology, historical sources, literacy myth, literacy studies, education

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