This book began as an idea while I was engaged in doctoral research in Cairo, Egypt, in 1990–1991.1 I had become interested in the lives of eighteenth-century Mamluk women about whom very little had been written. A mention of the waqfs (religious endowments) created by some Mamluk women directed my search for historical traces of these women to the Ministry of Awaqf in Cairo.2


Middle East Personal Narrative Islamic World Historical Consciousness Historical Writing 
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  1. 2.
    Daniel Crecielius, The Making of Modern Egypt (Minneapolis: Bibliotheca Islamica, 1981).Google Scholar
  2. 4.
    Paul A. Bove, “Discourse,” in Critical Terms for Literary Study, second edition, Frank Lentricchia and Thomas McLaughlin, eds. (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1995) p, 56.Google Scholar
  3. See also Colin Gordon, ed., Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972–1977 ((New York: Pantheon, 1980)Google Scholar
  4. Michel Foucault, The Archeology of Knowledge and the Discourse on Language, trans. A.M. Sheridan Smith (New York: Harper and Row, 1972).Google Scholar

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