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Gatekeepers of the Arab PastHistorians and History Writing in Twentieth-Century Egypt$
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Yoav Di-Capua

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257320

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257320.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.337) Conclusion
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Gatekeepers of the Arab Past
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Yoav Di Capua

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257320.003.0011

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts. It argues that Egypt's historiographical culture prescribed the writing of patriotic accounts of liberation and struggle that are extremely useful in forging identity and inducing group cohesion. Since the state and the nation are practically indistinguishable, critical accounts are treated as unpatriotic, dangerous, and ultimately illegitimate. No matter how tentatively it did so, once Egyptian culture committed itself to this mode of operation, it inevitably committed itself also to the severe implications of that mode. Four examples for such implications are discussed.

Keywords:   Egyptian history, Egyptian historiography, liberation, Egyptian culture

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