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Arab FranceIslam and the Making of Modern Europe, 1798-1831$
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Ian Coller

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520260641

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520260641.001.0001

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Arab France

Ian Coller

University of California Press

On their release from quarantine in Marseille, the first act of exiles from Egypt was to organize the funeral of their leader, General Ya'qub, which attracted a crowd of onlookers as they carried his body to its sepulchre. According to a French observer, the Coptic Legion accompanied the convoy, along with detachments from every corps, officers of all kinds, and the military and civilian authorities. The conditions that these emigrants confronted on their emergence from quarantine were radically different from those they had anticipated when they set out from Egypt. France was no longer a republic living out, however peripatetically, the legacy of the Revolution. Since the coup of 18 Brumaire 1799, a three-member Consulate had been installed, and only the fiction of a rotating presidency masked the growing power of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Keywords:   quarantine, Marseille, exiles, Egypt, General Ya'qub, Coptic Legion, France, Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte

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