Women Travelers in Egypt

From the Eighteenth to the Twenty-first Century

Edited by Deborah Manley

Until late in the nineteenth century, few guidebooks acknowledged the presence of women as travelers—although women had been traveling around the wo

English edition
256 pp.
20 b/w illus.
15X23cm
ISBN 9789774165702
For sale worldwide

12.99

Until late in the nineteenth century, few guidebooks acknowledged the presence of women as travelers—although women had been traveling around the world for centuries. Women’s accounts of their journeys, distinct from those of male travelers, began to appear more frequently in the early nineteenth century, and Egypt was a popular destination. Women had more time to watch and describe; they were more dependent on the Egyptian staff; they spent time both in the harems of Cairo and with the women they met along the Nile. Some of them, like Sarah Belzoni, Sophia Poole, and Ellen Chennells, spoke Arabic. Others wrote engagingly of their experiences as observers of an exotic culture, with special access to some places no man could ever go. From Eliza Fay’s description of arriving in Egypt in 1779 to Rosemary Mahoney’s daring trip down the Nile in a rowboat in 2006, this lively collection of writing by over forty women travelers includes Lady Evelyn Cobbold, Isabella Bird, Winifred Blackman, Norma Lorimer, Harriet Martineau, Florence Nightingale, Amelia Edwards, and Lucie Duff Gordon.

Deborah Manley

Deborah Manley has lived in India, Canada, and Nigeria. She is the author of a number of books, including The Trans-Siberian Railway: A Traveller’s Anthology. Sahar Abdel-Hakim is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Cairo University. They are both founding members of the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East (ASTENE), and are the editors of Traveling through Egypt (AUC Press, 2004) and Egypt and the Nile (AUC Press, 2008).
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