ENGC51H3 Lecture Notes - Camp David Accords, Infitah
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Arab Women Writers
➢Historical Background in Egypt in the 70s
Male vs. Female
➢Woman At Point Zero
Published in English in '81 but originally in the 70s.
Being economically open to the West (and capitalism)
Was a reaction to Marxism – so Egypt felt like it had to be open to the West.
Head of state at the time - 60s/70s (Marxism/Nationalism)
He thought that Egypt had to be involved in wars especially against Isreal (conflict w/ Israel was
based on geography rather than religion). So responsible for war in 1956
Wanted to go back to the era before colonialism
In favor of peace w/ Isreal
Camp David – peace treaty (1978)
Encouraged capitalism and tourism
* Belief that with capitalism came dirty money through prostitution which is emphasized in
book (rich man who pulls up in car)
Huge discrepancy btwn rich and poor – money becomes very important
Infitah brought democracy
*In intro she says pokes fun at infitah saying that it didn't bring along political empowerment -
“many females were put in prison for political views”
Growth of Islam in Egypt
Killing of Muslim Brothers (Political group that was a threat to Marxism
Now there was freedom to practice Anuar Sadat's political agenda.
Political growth of Islam
➢3) Gender Issues
Women going to university
Issue of money
Issue of unisex schools – mixing with boys
What to do with this higher education
•*In this book, there were those with a university degree who couldn't get jobs.
Close Reading & Analysis of Passaged
➢Pg. 12 – Circumcision – part of her clitoris was cut off – reason for why she's unable to feel pleasure
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