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For Better, For Worse

The Marriage Crisis That Made Modern Egypt

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For Better, For Worse by Hanan Kholoussy
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For many Egyptians in the early twentieth century, the biggest national problem was not British domination or the Great Depression but a "marriage crisis" heralded in the press as a devastating rise in the number of middle-class men refraining from marriage. Voicing anxieties over a presumed increase in bachelorhood, Egyptians also used the failings of Egyptian marriage to criticize British rule, unemployment, the disintegration of female seclusion, the influx of women into schools, middle-class materialism, and Islamic laws they deemed incompatible with modernity.For Better, For Worse explores how marriage became the lens through which Egyptians critiqued larger socioeconomic and political concerns. Delving into the vastly different portrayals and practices of marriage in both the press and the Islamic court records, this innovative look at how Egyptians understood marital and civil rights and duties during the early twentieth century offers fresh insights into ongoing debates about nationalism, colonialism, gender, and the family.

Author Biography

Hanan Kholoussy is Assistant Professor of History and Middle East Studies at The American University in Cairo.
Release date Australia
January 14th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Stanford University Press
Pages
200
ISBN-13
9780804769594
Product ID
4030521

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