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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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Palestine and Jordan

Palestine and Jordan

(p.204) 6 Palestine and Jordan
Arab Women Writers

Radwa Ashour

Ferial J. Ghazoul

Hasna Reda-Mekdashi

American University in Cairo Press

Palestinian women have contributed to Arabic writing since the first decades of the twentieth century. This writing was limited to published or broadcast articles, and a few poems, stories, or plays, which were only very rarely given the opportunity to become actual productions. Jordanian women writers appeared later; with a few exceptions—newspaper articles and a text attributed to a woman but likely written by a man—it is difficult to write a history of Jordanian women's writing before the 1970s, when Julia Sawalha published her novels and the short story began to emerge. The 1990s witnessed the emergence of the novel in Jordan; with its documentary and historical concerns, and it follows the general course of the Arabic novel. Although there are very few autobiographies by Arab women, women from Palestine and Jordan have given us some of the most important of these; some deal with the author's entire life while others document a particular experience.

Keywords:   Palestinian women, Jordanian women, writing, Arabic novel, newspaper articles

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