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Nurturing the Nation – The Family Politics of Modernizing, Colonizing, and Liberating Egypt, 1805-1923 - California Scholarship Online
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Nurturing the Nation: The Family Politics of Modernizing, Colonizing, and Liberating Egypt, 1805-1923

Lisa Pollard

Abstract

Focusing on gender and the family, this history reconsiders the origins of Egyptian nationalism and the revolution of 1919 by linking social changes in class and household structure to the politics of engagement with British colonial rule. It argues that the Egyptian state's modernizing projects in the nineteenth century reinforced ideals of monogamy and bourgeois domesticity among Egypt's elite classes and connected those ideals with political and economic success. At the same time, the British used domestic and personal practices such as polygamy, the harem, and the veiling of women to claim ... More

Keywords: gender politics, Egyptian nationalism, 1919 revolution, social changes, class structure, household structure, British colonial rule, monogamy, bourgeois domesticity, polygamy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520240223
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520240223.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Pollard, author