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Nurturing the NationThe Family Politics of Modernizing, Colonizing, and Liberating Egypt, 1805-1923$
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Lisa Pollard

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520240223

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520240223.001.0001

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Table Talk: The Home Economics of Nationhood

Table Talk: The Home Economics of Nationhood

(p.132) Chapter 5 Table Talk: The Home Economics of Nationhood
Nurturing the Nation

Lisa Pollard

University of California Press

The generation of educated Egyptians—Ottoman-Egyptian and Arabophone—uttered opinions about their culture and politics that rebounded off state-sponsored projects. From 1870s, discussions about family, home, and relationship to politics were not restricted to state-produced literature. The critiques of Egyptian politics reproduced the idea that Egypt's development toward constitutional government could be measured by the behavior of Egyptian elites. After the British occupation of 1882 and the subsequent imprisonment or exile of many prominent publishers and journalists, the native press went dormant for a decade. From the early 1890s, the propensity to discuss nationalism and politics in domestic terms became more common, as elite Egyptians used the press to counter British claims about the state of their homes, families, and their body politic. In 1970, the British permitted the Egyptians to create political parties that would express their national sentiment and to shape their own political platforms.

Keywords:   Ottoman-Egyptian, Arabophone, political party, press, elite Egyptians

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