‘A clean heart likes clean clothes’: cleanliness customs and conversion in Egypt (1900–1956)

@inproceedings{Boulos2010ACH,
  title={‘A clean heart likes clean clothes’: cleanliness customs and conversion in Egypt (1900–1956)},
  author={Samir Boulos},
  year={2010}
}
The topic of personal hygiene and domestic cleanliness occupied Protestant missionaries working in Egypt during the first half of the twentieth century. Remarks on hygiene can be found not only in writings published for the interested public but also in personal documents such as diaries. This article illustrates that, in missionary sources, descriptions of cleanliness appear mainly in the female sphere, implying a deficient domesticity. The causes of this shortcoming were seen in the crisis of… CONTINUE READING