Essays and Features
Among developments from the Al Nahda (Arab Renaissance) of the second half of the 19th century to the early 20th century was the rise of Arab women in the literary and intellectual fields. The Al Nahda period gave rise to several women writers like May Ziadeh, who had distinguished herself in Egypt and Lebanon, Zaynab Fawaz, a novelist, playwright, poet, and historian, and Syrian journalist Marie Ajami who founded the magazine “Al-Arous” (The Bride) and Rose al-Yusuf, who founded a magazine named after herself in 1925.
In early July, we wrote about two suicides in Lebanon while holding off on a third until we fact-checked it. Subsequently, the Beirut-based Al Modon newspaper wrote about a total of four suicides, including the two reported here. The article’s author deliberately stressed the reasons behind the suicides were not personal, but rather related to deteriorating economic conditions and the loss of dignity.