By Duygu Köksal
In "A Social heritage of the overdue Ottoman Women," Duygu Koksal and Anastasia Falierou compile new study on ladies of other geographies and groups of the past due Ottoman Empire focusing quite at the ways that girls received energy and exercised agency."
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By contrast, Nabawiyya Mûsâ, despite her modest social origins, refused marriage and earned her own living by working. Both women wrote extensively on veiling, female education, and employment, and criticized many aspects of the patriarchal constraints that prevailed. Despite the divergence in their life choices, both Nabawiyya Mûsâ and Malak Hifnî Nâsif contributed substantially—whether in radical or more modest ways—to the Egyptian women’s awakening, and therefore are considered pioneers of Egyptian feminism.
She felt that the 1908 revolution had been brutal for Muslim women, who were not ready for such dramatic change; like Demetra Vaka, she believed that change should come gradually. From this perspective, Hayriye Melek is typical of a group of women intellectuals who grounded their feminist concerns in nationalist discourse, embracing at the same time a humanistic critique of modernity. She sublimated the ideal of feminine emancipation to the ideal of political emancipation, which she identified with the cause of Egyptian feminism.
Through daily interactions, small Armenian neighborhood inhabitants generally knew one another and closely followed one another’s mores and behavior. Public opinion restrained nonstandard or unusual behavior; anyone so inclined was doomed to be judged by others. Such restraint was particularly noticeable in the case of women, as they were held responsible for culture and morals and could easily be labeled as loose. ’ Work Defined and Rationalized by Reformers23 Despite all ideological and economic constraints, by the turn of the century women’s labor in lower as well as in declining middle-class families had become increasingly vital for survival.