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Daughters of the Nile

Egyptian Women Changing Their World

Editor(s): Samia Spencer
Contributors: Helene Moussa, Mona Makram Ebeid, Caroline Maher, Madiha El Mehelmy Kotb, Mahassen Ghobrial, Safaa Fouda,

Book Description

The history of ancient Egypt is filled with fascinating queens and goddesses portrayed side by side with their male counterparts as equal partners, each playing a different and distinct role in society. Anyone interested in their identity and achievements can go to popular or academic sources, and find ample material on the subject. How about their descendants: contemporary Egyptian women? Who are they? What do we know about them, or about their accomplishments? Only scarce and limited information is available.

In recent years, however, since the ill-named “Arab Spring,” images of Egyptian women have flooded TV screens and print media showing them among crowds of shouting demonstrators. Reports have focused on their trials and tribulations, and their regressive condition. This book seeks to highlight Egyptian women that the media have overlooked and ignored. It focuses on a sample of 38 pioneers, ground-breakers, and achievers in nearly all professions: academe, the arts, banking, development, diplomacy, economics, engineering, entrepreneurship, finance, government, medicine, public relations, science and technology, social services, sports, international relations, and international organizations. Their successes in Egypt and elsewhere have been recognized and honored by some of the highest national and international institutions and governments. Forgotten or unknown habits, practices, and historical events occurring in the twentieth century, both in Egypt and other parts of the globe, are also discussed in these stories.

The objective of the book is three-pronged. It breaks the monolithic and unflattering stereotype of contemporary Egyptian women as victims, uneducated and uncivilized, dominated by men. The second is to make the world aware of modern Egyptian champions who are improving the quality of life in the societies and broader environments in which they live and work. The third purpose is to provide positive role models for new generations of women in Egypt and beyond, to inspire them to set their goals very high despite the obstacles they may encounter, and show them that the sky is not the limit.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9457-9
ISBN-10: 1-4438-9457-5
Date of Publication: 01/08/2016
Pages / Size: 417 / A5
Price: £57.99


After a brief career in her native Alexandria, Dr Samia Spencer spent most of her professional life as Professor of French at Auburn University, in Alabama. Her multidisciplinary research and extensive publications have focused on the French Enlightenment, French women of the eighteenth century, and women and politics in France and Quebec. She has received a number of awards, including being named as Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, and an appointment as Honorary Consul of France in Alabama. In recognition of her efforts on behalf of the culture of Quebec, she was inducted into the exclusive Ordre des Francophones d’Amérique.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0311-3
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0311-9
Date of Publication: 01/12/2017
Pages / Size: 418 / A5
Price: £24.99