This small archival collection (approximately 1 linear foot) makes a small dent into a big gap of documenting women’s histories in the region. The collection contains some personal and academic correspondence, drafts of lectures and addresses, as well as some 30 photos. The collection is of great interest to scholars interested in gender and women’s studies, specifically in the status of Moslem women in the region. The collection is also of value for those interested in Arab intellectual history, pedagogy and education, Islamic studies, and the history of Arab Nationalism in the region.
A pioneer intellectual and educator, Dr. Zahia Kaddoura, (BA, 1942, MS, 1947, AUB; Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies, 1951, Fuad the First University, Cairo) is the first woman to be appointed Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the Lebanese University, in 1971.