Tag: Egypt

Narratives of Female Fighters

Self-Defence Classes for Women in Revolutionary Cairo

Perrine Lachenal explores the phenomenon of self-defence classes in Cairo, where women learn how to defend themselves in the event of attack. She explores what this tells us about the character of the ‘dangerous woman’ in that particular cultural context. Continue reading
Alifa Rifaat's work delved into the desires and domestic lives of 20th century Egyptian women.

Alifa Rifaat

Writing women’s desires and domestic lives in 20th century Egypt

Alia Soliman looks at the ‘danger’ in the work of Egyptian writer Alifa Rifaat, whose ‘imprint lingers as someone who dared speak of female desire in what was at the time an almost completely patriarchal society’. Continue reading