Labiba Hashim


Labiba Madi Hashim
(لبيبة هاشم  :1952 -
1882 ) is a pioneering Lebanese novelist, and journalist. She was educated at the Sisters of Love School and the English Missionary School. She moved with her family to Cairo in 1900, where in the literary salon of Warda al-Yaziji she met men of literature and thought. Ibrahim al-Yaziji taught her the fundamentals of Arabic language and literature. She published the magazine, Fatat al-sharq, in Egypt from 1906-1935.

The Egyptian University invited her to be a lecturer in 1911 and 1912, and she was the first Arab woman to hold this position. The government of King Faisal I appointed her in 1919 as the general inspector of girls' schools in Damascus, the first woman to hold the post.

After the battle of Maysalun, the fall of King Faisal's government, and the entering of the invading French forces, Hashim went to Egypt. In 1921, she immigrated to Chile, where she published the magazine, al-Sharq wa-al-gharb.

In 1942 she returned to Egypt to continue publishing her first magazine
Fatat al-sharq, which she issued for twenty-four years. The magazine was well known for its columns on famous women and aphorisms.

Her non-fiction works include Kitab al-tarbiya (The book of Education), a collection of her university lectures from 1911, as well as her writing on the difference in men's and women's treatment of women's issues.

(From Arab Women Writers A Critical reference Guide by Radwa Ashour & Feryal Ghazoul)

Publications: (Arabic)

  • Hasanat al-Hubb (The Merits of Love, short stories). Cairo: 1898.
  • al-Fawz ba`d al-mawt (Victory After Death, short stories). Cairo: 1899.
  • Jasa' al-khiyana (The Recompense of Betrayal, short stories). Cairo: 1903.
  • Qalb al-rajul (A Man's Heart, novel). Cairo: 1904.
  • Shirin (Shirin, novel).
  • Jaza' al-ihsan (Charity's Reward, short stories).

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