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Monarchy and modernity in Egypt : politics, Islam and neo-colonialism between the wars /
James Whidden.
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London : I.B. Tauris, 2013, c2013
description
viii, 235 p., 8 unnumbered p.s of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1848857063 (hbk.), 9781848857063 (hbk.)
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imprint
London : I.B. Tauris, 2013, c2013
isbn
1848857063 (hbk.)
9781848857063 (hbk.)
catalogue key
9086132
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-226) and index.
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"A most fascinating episode in the history of Egypt, and one which now echoes with the issues and symbols of the stormy and hesitant steps to electoral democracy which followed the recent 'revolution' in that country...James Whidden gives a detailed and nuanced account and analysis of this period, based on careful research and mastery of the sources, and enriched by sociological analyses of the interests and allegiances of the actors, and the ideological formulations of their positions...This book will make a most important contribution to the literature on modern Egyptian history and of British imperial engagement. In the present situation in Egypt and the region, a history of the fractured parliamentary experience before the more recent totalitarian regimes will invite interesting juxtapositions and contrasts." Sami Zubaida, Emeritus Professor of Politics and Sociology, Birkbeck, University of London, UK "A splendid well-documented and well-argued account of a vital period in Egypt's first constitutional and electoral history. Nicely revisionist in its findings concerning the political infighting of the early 1920s, notably the political and intellectual role played by the monarchists and the Saad Zaghlul's struggle to maintain the Wafd as the leading representative of popular democracy." Roger Owen, Professor of History, Harvard University, USA
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Written by an expert in the field, this volume offers fresh and new perspectives on Egyptian support for the monarchy. James Whidden examines ideas of modernity and intellectual development in the Middle East.
Main Description
The creation of the Egyptian monarchy in 1922, under King Fuad II, opened contests and debates over fundamental cultural questions, particularly definitions of Egyptian modernity, rule and identity. Here, James Whidden looks at the political, cultural and intellectual landscapes of Egypt between the wars, from the nationalist agitations for independence in 1919, the rise of the Wafd first under Saad Zaghul and then Mustafa ElNahas Pasha and the rise and fall of different political and power brokers in the period, such as Whidden therefore focuses on the different interpretations of the nature of Egyptian politics, highlighting the ways in which patriotism and elitism, Islam and tradition, colonial manipulations, and ideological politics combine. In particular, he examines how monarchists attempted to neutralise opponents through cultural works, patronage and political party contests. Monarchy and Modernity in Egypt is a vital resource for those interested in Middle East history, as well as intellectual developments within the region.
Main Description
The creation of the Egyptian monarchy in 1922, under King Fuad II, opened contests and debates over fundamental cultural questions, particularly definitions of Egyptian modernity, rule and identity. Here, James Whidden looks at the political, cultural and intellectual landscapes of Egypt between the wars, from the nationalist agitations for independence in 1919, the rise of the Wafd - first under Saad Zaghul and then Mustafa El-Nahas Pasha - and the rise and fall of different political and power brokers in the period. Whidden therefore focuses on the different interpretations of the nature of Egyptian politics, highlighting the ways in which patriotism and elitism, Islam and tradition, colonial manipulations, and ideological politics combine. In particular, he examines how monarchists attempted to neutralize opponents through cultural works, patronage and political party contests. Monarchy and Modernity in Egypt is a vital resource for those interested in Middle East history, as well as intellectual developments within the region.
Main Description
The creation of the Egyptian monarchy in 1922, under King Fuad II, opened contests and debates over fundamental cultural questions, particularly definitions of Egyptian modernity, rule and identity. Here, James Whidden looks at the political, cultural and intellectual landscapes of Egypt between the wars, from the nationalist agitations for independence in 1919, the rise of the Wafd first under Saad Zaghul and then Mustafa El-Nahas Pasha and the rise and fall of different political and power brokers in the period. Whidden therefore focuses on the different interpretations of the nature of Egyptian politics, highlighting the ways in which patriotism and elitism, Islam and tradition, colonial manipulations, and ideological politics combine. In particular, he examines how monarchists attempted to neutralize opponents through cultural works, patronage and political party contests. Monarchy and Modernity in Egypt is a vital resource for those interested in Middle East history, as well as intellectual developments within the region.

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