"A major influence on the women’s movement in Egypt"

Saad, Malaka (ed.). Al-Jins Al-Latif [The Gentle Sex, issues 1-5].

Cairo, Al-Jins Al-Latif, 1908-1913.

2 vols. 8vo. (8), 322, 286, (2) pp. 288, (4), 320, 360 pp. With folding plate of European-style dress. Contemporary black cloth, leather spines titled in gilt.


One of the first women's magazines in the Arab world, published by Lebanese journalist Malaka Saad, an early figure in progressive women's movements - especially in Egypt, where she spent much of her life. Saad's magazine urged Arab women to edify themselves through a better understanding of the arts and literature. In doing so, Al-Jins Al-Latif "played an unprecedented role in raising issues including liberation, gender equality, and the appropriate age for marriage. It advocated for women's intellectual development in the age of science. Some scholars see this publication as a major influence on the women's movement in Egypt" (Hoh). Consequently, Saad is considered one of the forerunners of Arab women's movements, and Al-Jins Al-Latif is her best-remembered accomplishment. It was part of a new genre of magazines, the group of publications that came to be known as "al-majallat al-nisa'iyah" (women's journals) which began to appear in Arabic around the turn of the century.

The volumes present here stretch from the first year of publication in 1908 to 1913, covering the first five years of publication bound into two volumes.

Light exterior wear, some leaves gently toned.


Anchi Hoh, "Her Magazine, Her Voice: Foremothers of Women’s Journals in Africa and the Middle East. Library of Congress" in 4 Corners of the World, International Collections at the Library of Congress (2017).

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