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Lecture on Egyptian women and the paradox of the Arab spring presented April 24

BOONE—Dr. Birsen Bulmus, assistant professor of modern Middle Eastern history at Appalachian State University, will lecture on Egyptian women and the paradox of the Arab spring. Her talk begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in Plemmons Student Union’s Price Lake Room. Pizza and drinks will be provided courtesy of the women’s studies program. The public is invited.

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Bulmus will discuss the hopes and fears of women in Egypt in light of recent political and social changes in that country since January 2011. In the talk, Bulmus will highlight the fact that while Egyptian women see both opportunity and danger in the recent shifts from military to populist government, they are able to draw upon more than a century of feminist activism, both secular and religious.

Bulmus is the author of “Plague, Quarantines and Geopolitics in the Ottoman Empire” (2012), published by Edinburgh University Press and distributed by Columbia University Press in North America. Her book is the most comprehensive study of plague in the Ottoman Empire from 1300 until the end of World War I.