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The Power of Representation: Publics, Peasants, and Islam in Egypt

Michael Ezekiel Gasper


This book traces the emergence of modern Egyptian national identity from the mid-1870s through the 1910s. During this period, a new class of Egyptian urban intellectuals—teachers, lawyers, engineers, clerks, accountants, and journalists—came into prominence. Adapting modern ideas of individual moral autonomy and universal citizenship, this group reconfigured religiously informed notions of the self and created a national sense of “Egyptian-ness” drawn from ideas about Egypt's large peasant population. The book calls into question the notion, common in historiography of the modern Middle East a ... More

Keywords: Egypt, national identity, moral autonomy, citizenship, self, religion, intellectuals, Egyptian-ness, cultural life, Middle East

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780804758888
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758888.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Ezekiel Gasper, author