An open letter to the deceased Qasim Amin
“A Turk, for example, is clean, honest, and brave, while an Egyptian is the opposite. Yet despite these differences, they share the traits of ignorance, laziness, and inferiority.”
— The Liberation of Women
Why??? Why Qasim? Why? I mean, yes, your views on women were considered so controversial back then that your name still carries a stigma over a century after your death. (Which makes no sense, considering that everything you said would be seen as alarmingly conservative by today’s standards.)
So I buy your book and I’m trying to stay impressed by your insistence that women are the intellectual equals of men and must be allowed to go to school, and take off their face veils if they want, and generally perform a less passive role in society. But I CAN’T because you keep throwing in cringeworthy gems like that every couple of paragraphs.