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Edward William Lane 1801–1876The Life of the Pioneering Egyptologist and Orientalist$
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Jason Thompson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162879

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162879.001.0001

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The Englishwoman in Egypt

The Englishwoman in Egypt

(p.544) 26 The Englishwoman in Egypt
Edward William Lane 1801–1876

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

Sophia developed into a skilled writer. She relied heavily on the Description of Egypt manuscript, copying six chapters, or letters, from it nearly verbatim and drawing extensively on it for another five. These were primarily descriptions of Alexandria; the geography of Egypt, the Citadel, and Egyptian history, background subjects about which she knew little. The woman's point of view was precisely what Lane wanted his sister to supply. As a woman, she could go into women's spaces and interview women to gather information firsthand. He had written about women with apparent confidence in Modern Egyptians, but he knew how superficial his knowledge was.

Keywords:   manuscript, Description of Egypt, Citadel, Egypt, Alexandria, Egyptian history, women

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