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Mongrels or MarvelsThe Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff$
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Deborah A. Starr and Sasson Somekh

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804769532

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.001.0001

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Europe from Afar

Europe from Afar

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(p.100) Nine Europe from Afar
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Mongrels or Marvels
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804769532.003.0009

In this chapter, Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff describes the choices available to the young, bourgeois Levantine women in Egypt who were awaiting marriage after completing their formal education. Because they were not allowed to attend university abroad or pursue a career, Jacqueline and some of her friends turned to legal studies and philanthropy, opening a medical clinic in the poverty-stricken Jewish quarter of Cairo. The chapter highlights the cultural and social upheavals in late 1930s Egypt by focusing on the destruction of Jews in Europe as a result of the Holocaust and the displacement of Jews in the Middle East after the state of Israel was created.

Keywords:   Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff, women, Egypt, education, marriage, Holocaust, Jews, Europe, Middle East, Israel

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