Al-Fajr (Arabic:الفجر، meaning “The Dawn”) is a women literary magazine founded by Najlā Abī al-Lamaʻ Maʻluf, in 1919. It lasted for six years in Beirut, then was republished in 1951in Canada by Ra’if Abī al-lamaʻ (Najla’s borther) under the subtitle “A scientific, literary, historical, and health magazine”. The aim of the journal was to bring general knowledge to women, who had less opportunities than men in general, and less access to education in specific. Al-Fajr emphasized women’s contributions and achievements; its articles focused on ethics, morals, poetry, and literature. It called for freedom of speech and invited women readers to share their thoughts and writings. The journal featured contributions from Mary Yanni (founder of Mīnirfā منيرفا, ), Mary Ajami (founder of al-Arus العروس) and Labibah Madi (Founder of Fatāt al-Sharq فتاة الشرق, ) among other prominent male and female journalists and authors.
Publication Date: 1919-1924
Place: Beirut, Lebanon
Available as Microfilm and Print at AUB Libraries
Library has: v.1-3 (1919-1923) as print and 1921 on Microfilm
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