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Gatekeepers of the Arab Past – Historians and History Writing in Twentieth-Century Egypt - California Scholarship Online
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Gatekeepers of the Arab Past: Historians and History Writing in Twentieth-Century Egypt

Yoav Di-Capua


This study illuminates the Egyptian experience of modernity by critically analyzing the foremost medium through which it was articulated: history. This comprehensive analysis of a Middle Eastern intellectual tradition examines a system of knowledge that replaced the intellectual and methodological conventions of Islamic historiography only at the very end of the nineteenth century. Covering more than one hundred years of mostly unexamined historical literature in Arabic, the book explores Egyptian historical thought, examines the careers of numerous critical historians, and traces this traditi ... More

Keywords: Egyptian modernity, Egyptian history, Islamic historiography, Arabic historical literature, colonial knowledge, post-colonial state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520257320
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257320.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yoav Di-Capua, author