Although
Huda’s memoirs glance over her long transformation and growth throughout the
years towards her feminist and nationalist activism, one of her most important acts
caught the attention of the public and has since been discussed by audiences all
over the world as a symbol of feminism. The act of unveiling at the Cairo
railway station in 1923, when Huda returned from an International Women
Suffrage Alliance Congress in Rome, became a center of interest and a
foundation for the veiling discourse within Middle Eastern and Muslim feminist
movements. Some believed it to be the signal of the end of the harem system.1 Huda’s
action probably contributed to a process already under way, although her social
position lent a certain legitimacy to this movement. Moreover, it may have been
a significant gesture only to those of the elite who still wore the veil.  The removal of the veil from Huda’s face has
been interpreted as a symbolic transition from harem years of seclusion to
conscious and public feminism.

1 Baron, Beth.

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“Unveiling in Early Twentieth Century Egypt: Practical and Symbolic

Considerations.”
Middle Eastern Studies 25, no. 3
(1989): 370-86. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4283318