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Dear All, Many thanks to all who wrote with suggestions for sources on AIU activity in the Arab lands under Ottoman rule. The outpouring was truly helpful and generous, and I am very appreciative. H-Levant is a great list. This query came from my ongoing attempts to figure out the intricacies of female education -- public, private, foreign and religious, among all groups -- in the mid-late nineteenth century Ottoman Empire (Tanzimat and after.) It's my impression that until the AIU established schools in the 1860s, there were no girls' schools for Jewish girls, unlike among the Christian and Muslim populations (both of which, however, had very few girls' schools pre-Tanzimat.) At the risk of pushing my luck with your incredible generosity (and it won't be the last time), if anyone has read of any schools for Jewish girls before the Alliance schools were founded, I would be interested in knowing about it. Best, Ellen Fleischmann -- Department of History University of Dayton 300 College Park Dayton, OH 45469-1540 USA firstname.lastname@example.org