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Imagined EmpiresA History of Revolt in Egypt$
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Zeinab Abul-Magd

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520275522

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520275522.001.0001

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The French, the Plague Encore, and Jihad

The French, the Plague Encore, and Jihad


(p.43) Two The French, the Plague Encore, and Jihad
Imagined Empires

Zeinab Abul-Magd

University of California Press

The French Empire’s campaign in Egypt was a failed attempt at colonization, and Qina province was a distinct site at which this failure was exposed as an environmental crisis. The French forged images of Arab tribes and Copts waiting for help for liberation, and the two groups perpetuated such discursive construction in order to take advantage of the French. When the truth was revealed, it was too late for the confused colonizer to escape. The French troops faced a fierce holy war of jihad launched by local and regional Arab insurgents, and they had to reinstall the very ancien régime they originally came to depose. Shortly afterward, a massive epidemic of the plague swept Upper Egypt.

Keywords:   Napoleon, French campaign, plague, Mamluks, Copts, Arab tribes, jihad

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