Nurturing the Nation
The Family Politics of Modernizing, Colonizing, and Liberating Egypt, 1805-1923
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: University of California Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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List of Illustrations
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This book is the result of many years of work in California, Egypt, andNorth Carolina. It has beneWted wholly from the guidance of various peo-ple to whom thanks are owed. My professors at Berkeley—Ira Lapidus,Barbara Daly Metcalf, and Thomas Metcalf—provided me with friend-ship as well as the example of their Wne scholarship. I hope that both are...
Note on Translation and Transliteration
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For the convenience of the nonspecialist, I have omitted Arabic diacriti-cal marks, except for the `ayn (`) and the hamza (´). I have transliteratedArabic and anglicized names according to the system used by the Inter-national Journal of Middle East Studies. The Egyptian letter gim has beentranslated as j, except in those cases where the Egyptian rendering is more...
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In May 1919, Egypt’s acting consul general, Sir Milne Cheetham (1869–1938), sent an intelligence report to the Foreign OYce in an attempt toexplain why Egypt had erupted in a series of violent uprisings. Havingperused the Egyptian political press, Cheetham reported to British for-eign secretary Lord Curzon (1859–1925) that he found the Egyptian...
1. My House and Yours: Egyptian State Servants and the New Geography of Nationalism
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In the early decades of the nineteenth century, the nascent Egyptian state’squest to modernize and strengthen its institutions and create new onesproduced a kind of “travel literature” about the world outside Egypt’sborders. Through the creation of the student missions abroad and a corpsof translators, the state institutionalized, sanctioned, and funded the prac-...
2. Inside Egypt: The Harem, the Hovel, and the Western Construction of an Egyptian National Landscape
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At precisely the same time that monogamous, bourgeois couples andmodern, single-family dwellings became the products of Egyptian mod-ernization and centralization, European travelers were emphasizingEgypt’s polygamy, extended families, timeless domestic practices, andbizarre sexual habits. While Egypt’s upper classes assumed marital and...
3. Domesticating Egypt: The Gendered Politics of the British Occupation
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Among the many foreigners present in Egypt at the time of the Britishoccupation was English nobleman Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1840–1922).Blunt was a curious Wgure among the expatriate community. On the onehand, he was a tourist searching for an escape from England’s climate andhoping to add to his stock of Arabian horses.1 On the other hand, his...
4. The Home, the Classroom, and the Cultivation of Egyptian Nationalism
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From the latter decades of the nineteenth century onward, British admin-istrators and Egyptian nationalists who worked within the colonialadministration subjected elite Egyptian schoolchildren to a reform oftheir personal behavior that was designed to Wt the needs of the Egyptianstate—both as it transformed itself and as it struggled to liberate itself...
5. Table Talk: The Home Economics of Nationhood
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From the 1870s onward discussions of the home and the family and theirrelationship to politics were not limited to state-produced literature. Inan active, popular, and privately funded press, a generation of educatedEgyptians, both Ottoman-Egyptian and Arabophone, articulated senti-ments about themselves and politics that echoed state-sponsored projects....
6. Reform on Display: The Family Politics of the 1919 Revolution
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In the spring of 1919, after enduring the humiliation of Egypt’s transfor-mation from an informally occupied territory to a formal protectoratestate, the imposition of martial law, the dismissal of local forms of self-government, and the diYcult years of World War I, the Egyptians deliv-ered an answer to “the Egypt question.” In a series of sometimes bloody...
Conclusion: It’s a Girl! Gender and the Birth of Modern Egyptian Nationalism
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Each year, the Egyptian press commemorates the anniversary of thedemonstrations that mark the 1919 Revolution. Given the remarkablenature of their appearance in the demonstrations, it is usually women whoare chosen as the symbols of the revolution and whose participation in theEgyptian nationalist movement attracts the most commentary. Usually...
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Page Count: 302
Publication Year: 2005