Synopses & Reviews
Praise for the previous volumes:
“Invaluable. . . . The editors . . . [have] recover[ed] the lost voices of African women and, as a consequence, have restored their rich cultural and historical legacies.”—Library Journal, starred review
“Essential. All readers; all levels.”—Choice magazine, Outstanding Academic Titles, 2006
“A splendid resource. . . . Authoritative, readable introductory notes to each selection provide essential background and biography.”—Booklist
“Urgent, powerful. . . . The editors have created a place where the voices of all sorts of African women can be heard.”—The New York Review of Books
The acclaimed Women Writing Africa project ends with The Northern Region, which covers six countries—Algeria, Egypt, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia—and contains over one hundred texts from nine languages. This pioneering volume includes works from 3000 BCE to the present, and contains entries referring to three of the world’s major religions. It encompasses a vast array of women’s experiences, from an ancient Egyptian marriage proposal to a personal history of the Inquisition to a plea for higher education.
Fatima Sadiqi teaches at the University of Fès.
Amira Nowaira teaches at Alexandria University.
Azza El Kholy teaches at Alexandria University and directs the Institute for Peace in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Moha Ennaji directs Arab studies at Rutgers University and the doctoral program on gender studies at the University of Fès.
Culminating the acclaimed Women Writing Africa project, The Northern Region covers 3,000 BCE to today.
About the Author
Fatima Sadiqi obtained a PhD from the University of Essex. She has co-authored, co-edited, and co-translated a number of books and articles including Women, Gender, and Language in Morocco. Sadiqi has also held Fulbright Visiting Scholarships at four US universities. She was appointed to a Harvard Fellowship, which has allowed her to work on her forthcoming book. Amira Nowaira obtained her Ph. D. degree from Birmingham University, UK. Her publications include critical studies, translations from and into Arabic, and creative writing. Her fields of interest include English literature, Arab women's writing at home and in diaspora, and comparative literature. She currently teaches at Alexandria University in Egypt. Azza El Kholy received her BA, MA, and PhD from Alexandria University. She serves on the consultant committee of the National Center for Translation and teaches at Alexandria University. She is also a special projects advisor for the director's office and is the acting deputy director of the Institute for Peace Studies in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Moha Ennaji received a BA from Mohamed V University, and both an MA and PhD from the University of Essex . He is the author of Multilingualism, Cultural Identity, and Education in Morocco. He directs Arab Studies at Rutgers University and the doctoral program on Gender Studies at the University of Fès.