Amin, Kasim

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Amin, Kasim


Born 1865 in Cairo; died 1908 in Cairo. Arab Egyptian writer.

A Kurd by extraction, Amin received his education as a lawyer in France. He was the first Arab writer to advocate equal rights for Arab women. His book The Liberation of Woman (1899) gave rise to a controversy in all Arab lands and in India; The New Woman (1911) contains his reply to his opponents. Amin’s views influenced the development of the women’s movement in the Arabian Orient. His collection of observations on love and marriage, The Words of Kasim-bak Amin, was published posthumously.


In Russian translation:
Novaia zhenshchina. [Preface by I. Iu. Krachkovskii.] St. Petersburg, 1912.


Borisov, V. M. Sovremennaia egipetskaia proza. Moscow, 1961.
Fakhuri, Khanna. Istoriia arabskoi literatury, vol. 2. Moscow, 1961.
Fu’ad Faraj Sulayman. Tarih hay at al-marhum Kasim Amin. Cairo, 1952.


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