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On Time: Technology and Temporality in Modern Egypt

On Barak


Westerners and non-Westerners alike tend to agree that the colonial and postcolonial worlds are characterized by “elastic” conceptions of time, whose origins are primordial. Such dispositions toward time, this book provocatively argues, were, in fact, a nineteenth-century creation, one that was every bit as technological and modern as their European and American temporal counterparts. Surprisingly, it was the introduction of the steamer, railway, telegraph, tramway, and telephone into colonial Egypt between 1830 and 1940 that triggered the development of unique practices of timekeeping that de ... More

Keywords: modernity, temporality, technology, timekeeping, countertempo, semicolonial, Egypt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520276130
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520276130.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

On Barak, author
Tel Aviv University