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Dr. Aisha Abdel Rahman

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A prominent literary figure in Egyptian and Arab culture, under the pseudonym Bint El-Shatei.

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Dr. Aisha Abdel Rahman was a prominent literary figure in Egyptian and Arab culture. She wrote under the pseudonym Bint El-Shatei to avoid gender discrimination against her work. She began publishing a series of poems and articles in the Feminine Revival Magazine, later taking over the linguistic revision and writing the Magazine's editorial. She also wrote stories in daily newspapers, and in Al-Helal, Al-Balagh and Kawkeb El-Sharq magazines. In 1944, she obtained her PhD for her thesis on Critical Research on Resalat Al-Ghofran of Al-Maari.

Throughout her career, Abdel Rahman rose to numerous academic positions. She was the Chair of Arabic Language and Literature at Ain Shams University, a member of the Arabic Language Permanent Committee of the Supreme Council of Universities, a member of the Supreme Council for Arts and Literature in Cairo, an Associate Professor at the Institute of Arabic Research and Studies operating under the Arab League, and a Visiting Professor at the Islamic Umm-Durman University in Khartoum, Cairo University (Khartoum Branch), the Qarawyeen in Fez Morocco, and the University of Algiers. Abdel Rahman contributed greatly to Arab literature, with valuable publications and research. Her most well-known are her masterpieces in Quranic and Islamic studies: The Prophet's Mother, The Prophet's Wives, The Prophet's Daughters, Al-Sayeda Zeinab, and Sukaina Bint Al-Hussein. These works were translated to many languages, including Persian, Urdu and Indonesian.

Last modified: 01/09/2019

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