Women Travelers on the Nile

An Anthology of Travel Writing through the Centuries

Edited by Deborah Manley

Women travelers in Egypt in the nineteenth century saw aspects of the country unseen by their male counterparts, as they spent time both in the harems

English edition
15 September 2016
160 pp.
24 b/w illus.
12X16cm
ISBN 9789774167874
For sale worldwide

$18.95

Women travelers in Egypt in the nineteenth century saw aspects of the country unseen by their male counterparts, as they spent time both in the harems of Cairo and with the women they met along the Nile. Some of them, like Sarah Belzoni and Sophia Poole, 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 women travelers includes Lady Evelyn Cobbold, Isabella Bird, 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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