Image: Brooklyn Museum
These Egyptian children from Ramleh look like they’re squinting into the sun while they pose for this photograph – which, in those days, could take quite a while to be captured.
Most children in Egypt did not attend school in the 19th century (and, pretty much, the first half of the 20th century), and schools for girls did not open until 1873. That didn’t mean the kids were on a permanent vacation, though, as their education was usually taken care of by religious institutions such as mosques or Coptic churches. There they were taught Arabic, basic mathematics, and religious studies.