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Composing Egypt: Reading, Writing, and the Emergence of a Modern Nation, 1870-1930

Hoda A. Yousef


This book is a cultural and social history of Egypt from 1870 to 1930 that examines the way in which Egyptian men and women began reading, writing, and perceiving the Arabic language in ever more public ways. It argues that the emergence of modern Egypt was predicated on the changing literacy practices of the turn of the twentieth century, fundamentally altering the way audiences and writers related to each other, society, schooling, and the Arabic language itself. This restructuring of various literacies gave birth to a dynamic era of Egyptian history as individuals undertook new kinds of eng ... More

Keywords: literacy, literacies, public literacies, Arabic, gender, public sphere, protests, education, illiteracy, reading and writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780804797115
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804797115.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hoda A. Yousef, author
Denison University