CAIRO PRINTING AND BINDING / FEMALE LAND OWNERS IN THE ARAB WORLD:
A detailed report in Arabic language, handsomely bound in contemporary goat skin and ornated with stunning endpapers, refers to the estates in Cairo and central Egypt and the taxes, expenses and profits connected to them, which were inherited by Khadija Soad after the death of her father and her grandfather in 1919.
Khadija Soad came from one of the most prominent Egyptian families, although not much is known about her. She was the oldest child of Abdulhamid Sherif Bey (عبد الحميد شريف بك), who apparently died without male heirs. His other daughters were Amina, Sharifa, Nimaat and Zainab (خديجه هانم وأمينه هانم وشريفه هانم و نعمات هانم و زينب هانم), which are mentioned at the end of this text. At the time of this document Khadija was still possibly relatively young and unmarried. We could not trace any other information about her, except of the data from this book. She inherited larger estates in Beni Suef Governorate, Kom Ishfin, Mahmashah, Menyat as Serg (all three today in the Cairo governorate) and in Qalyubia Governorat
Khadija Soad was either granddaughter of the Egyptian statesman and prime minister Mohamed Sherif Pasha (1826–1887) or of his son with the same name, who served as undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The name Al-Kebir, the Great, in the title would usually refer to the great statesman, but we could not trace any sons nor sons-in-law, whose names would match Khadija’s father’s name. Also the year of the Mohamed Sherif Pasha’s death in 1919, mentioned in the book, suggests, that she was rather a granddaughter of Mohamed Sherif Pasha, the son. That would also make Khadija Soad a great-granddaughter of a French born Egyptian commander Soliman Pasha al-Faransawi (1788 – 1860) and a second cousin to the queen consort Nazli of Egypt, ruling from 1919 to 1936.
The book, possibly printed only in a few examples to be distributed to the family and officials of the estates, is expensively and exquisitely bound in a handsome goatskin and stunning green and gold endpapers.