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A Turkish Woman's European Impressions By Zeyneb Hanoum

A Turkish Woman's European Impressions by Zeyneb Hanoum

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Zeyneb Hanoum and her sister Melek fled Turkey in 1906, at a time when women's freedom was severely restricted. This book, first published in 1913, is a collection of Zeyneb's letters, describing the sisters' experiences in Europe as well as comparing women's rights in Turkey and Europe.

A Turkish Woman's European Impressions Summary

A Turkish Woman's European Impressions by Zeyneb Hanoum

Zeyneb Hanoum (who died c.1923) and her sister Melek fled Turkey in 1906, at a time when women's freedom was severely restricted. This book, first published in 1913, is a collection of letters written by Zeyneb to her friend, feminist journalist Grace Ellison. As well as discussing the political situation in Turkey, Hanoum compares the life of Turkish women with their European counterparts and presents a more balanced view of real harem life. Witty and forthright, the author shares her opinions on strange Western phenomena such as tennis, snobbery and the poor quality of English food. She also offers views on the suffragette movement and muses on the freedoms enjoyed by women in the West. The author's outsider status provides fascinating insights into European culture and such diverse experiences as tea at the House of Commons and bullfighting. This remains an entertaining and touching travelogue from a unique viewpoint.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. A dash for freedom; 2. Zeyneb's girlhood; 3. Bewildering Europe; 4. Sculpture's forbdden joy; 5. The Alps and artificiality; 6. Freedom's doubtful enchantments; 7. Good-bye to youth - taking the veil; 8. A misfit education; 9. 'Smart women' through the veil; 10. The true democracy; 11. A country picture; 12. The star from the West; 13. Turkish hospitality; 14. A study in contrasts; 15. Dreams and realities; 16. The moon of Ramazan; 17. And is this really freedom?; 18. The clash of creeds; 19. In the enemy's land; 20. The end of the dream.

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NLS9781108050470
9781108050470
1108050476
A Turkish Woman's European Impressions by Zeyneb Hanoum
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2012-06-07
278
N/A
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