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The Long 1890s in Egypt

Colonial Quiescence, Subterranean Resistance

Edited by Marilyn Booth, Anthony Gorman

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Explores a vital and previously understudied moment in Egypt’s modern history

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Introduction, Marilyn Booth and Anthony Gorman
Part I: Institutionalising authority, claiming jurisdiction and space
1. Documenting death: Inquests, governance and belonging in Alexandria, Shane Minkin
2. The scales of public utility: Agricultural roads and state space in the era of the British occupation, Aaron George Jakes
3. Training teachers how to teach: Transnational exchange and the introduction of social-scientific pedagogy in 1890s Egypt, Hilary Kalmbach
4. Legitimising Lay and State Authority: Challenging the Coptic Church in Late Nineteenth-Century Egypt, Vivian Ibrahim
5. Criminal statistics in the long 1890s, Mario Ruiz
Part II: Challenging authority in contested spaces
6. Anomalous Egypt? Rethinking Egyptian sovereignty at the western periphery, Matthew H. Ellis
7. Regulating Sexuality: The Colonial-National Struggle over Prostitution after the British Invasion of Egypt, Hanan Hammad
8. Internationalist thought, local practice: Life and Death in the Anarchist movement in 1890s Egypt, Anthony Gorman
9. Cromer’s assault on ‘Internationalism’: British colonialism and the Greeks of Egypt, 1882-1907, Alexander Kazamias
Part III: Probing authority with the written word
10. ‘And I saw no reason to chronicle my life’: Tensions of nationalist modernity in the memoirs of Fathallah Pasha Barakat, Hussein Omar
11. My Sister Esther: Reflections on Judaism, Ottomanism and Empire in the Works of Farah Antun, Orit Bashkin
12. Romances of History: Jirji Zaydan and the rise of the historical novel, Paul Starkey
13. Before Qasim Amin: Writing histories of gender politics in 1890s Egypt, Marilyn Booth
Notes on Contributors

About the Author

Marilyn Booth is Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud Professor of the Study of the Contemporary Arab World, University of Oxford. She has published monographs on exemplary biography in the Arabic women’s press and vernacular writing in Egypt, and she is editor of Harem Histories (2011) and co-editor of The Long 1890s in Egypt (Edinburgh University Press, 2014).

Anthony Gorman is Senior Lecturer in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has taught at universities in Australia, Egypt and Britain. Among his research interests are modern Egyptian historiography and the resident foreign presence in modern Egypt. He is currently co-editing a book on the press in the Middle East and on a monograph on a history of the prison in the Middle East.


A much-needed set of studies that challenge prevailing assumptions about Egyptian political, social and intellectual passivity during the Cromer period. Breaks new ground with respect to the country’s receptivity to, and participation in, global trends.

- Roger Owen, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

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