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The Promotion of Girls’ Education in a late 19th Century Egyptian Women’s Magazine -. A Study of Western Feminist Influences


  • Jenny Tellström

Summary, in Swedish

The aim of this thesis is to analyse the Western influence in three different articles from the late 19th century, Egyptian Women’s Magazine, al-Fatāh. The analysis is based on the hypothesis that they used similar arguments in their debate for girl’s education, as did women in the West. In order to compare the analysis to Western writers, a background on the debate about girls’ education among Western women writers’ is provided. I have used the analytical approach called Discourse Analysis. I have also examined if there are indicators, other than arguments about education, that show Western influence on these texts, such as idealising the Western household management system or references to Western literature. The conclusions reached are that Egyptian women writers were using similar arguments to Western women in debating women’s education. The texts also show other indicators of being influenced by Western women, in the way that they wrote about Western women and the Western education system.


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Student publication for Bachelor's degree


  • Languages and Literatures


  • Hind Nawfal
  • Arab feminism
  • Western feminism
  • women’s writing
  • girls’ education
  • domestic ideology
  • Arabic language


  • Maria Persson