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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

An Early Photo of Saad and Safiya Zahgloul

Saad Zaghloul,  the great Egyptian nationalist hero of the 1919 Revolution, and Prime Minister in the 1920s, has been an occasional subject here, and I've even run rare video of him; his wife Safiya was a prominent early women's rights advocate and ally of  Hoda Sha‘arawi.

Zaghloul is a familiar face, with prominent statues of him and his picture in Wafd Party offices and elsewhere, but the familiar face is an elderly one, the man of 1919 and the 1920s, when he was in his 60s.  This site dedicated to old pictures has run a picture of the Zaghlouls I don't think I'd seen before, so for those history buffs who may not have seen it either I reproduce it here. No date given, but they married in 1895 (Saad would have been 36) so it's presumably of or after that date.

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