Access to the full text of the entire article is only available to members of institutions that have purchased access. If you belong to such an institution, please log in or find out more about how to order.


Amin, Qasim قاسم أمين (1863–1908) By Irving, Sarah

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1030-1
Published: 01/10/2016
Retrieved: 19 July 2024, from


Born in Alexandria in 1863, Qasim Amin was a significant figure in the intellectual and political circles of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Egypt. He is most famous for his treatment of the “woman question,” the debate over the place of women in society that took place among nationalists and Islamic religious modernizers during this period. Amin’s writings on women have earned him the title in some quarters of the “first feminist” in the Arab World, but critics have seen him instead as a promoter of colonial values and of a narrow, elite perspective stemming from his aristocratic origins and Westernized education and career.

content locked



Article DOI



Citing this article:

Irving, Sarah. Amin, Qasim قاسم أمين (1863–1908). Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Taylor and Francis,

Copyright © 2016-2024 Routledge.