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Taha Hussein's Long-Lost Feminist Novel from 1915 Has Just Been Discovered

The Preacher's Sermon deals with the rights of Egyptian women to education and freedom of thought and expression.

Staff Writer

A long-lost unknown novel, titled The Preacher's Sermon, by 20th-century influential Egyptian writer Taha Hussein was found on Monday by Egypt's National Library and Archives, which will soon announce the news in an official capacity, according to its president Mohamed El Dabaa', Al Ahram reports. 

The novel, which was first published in an Egyptian newspaper in 1915, discusses women's rights to education, thought, life, and marriage, and makes an argument against prohibiting women from work, which was predominant in Egypt at the time.

"Taha Hussien structured the novel on 15 letters exchanged between the characters of the novel, who consist of a female teacher, her friend, her father, a Muslim preacher, and a civil judge," El Dabaa' says.

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