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Arab Women WritersA Critical Reference Guide, 1873-1999$
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Radwa Ashour, Ferial Ghazoul, and Hasna Reda-Mekdashi

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789774161469

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774161469.001.0001

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The Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf

The Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf

Chapter:
(p.254) 8 The Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf
Source:
Arab Women Writers
Author(s):

Radwa Ashour

Ferial J. Ghazoul

Hasna Reda-Mekdashi

Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774161469.003.0009

The appearance of women's creative writing in the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf area is linked with the rise of the education of girls. The rise of women's literature in the Arabian Peninsula is also linked to the press, where women first began publishing shortly in the 1950s. Pioneering efforts have recently been made in the field of children's literature, and engaging or educational books for children differ from the normal fare found in the wider Arab world. It would be inaccurate to suggest that women's literature in the Gulf has followed a linear path of development, or that each decade represents a decisive point in its evolution and that women writers belong to clear-cut literary generations. Later generations of writers are not necessarily better than those who preceded them; rather, writers who continue to write improve with practice and experience, although this is certainly not inevitable.

Keywords:   creative writing, Arabian Peninsula, women's literature, education, writer

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