A History of Egypt: From the Arab Conquest to the Present / Edition 2

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Overview

Egypt occupies a central position in the Arab world. Its borders between sand and sea have existed for millennia and yet, for centuries, until 1952, the country was ruled by foreigners, remote from its neighbours. Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot's book explores the paradoxes of Egypt's history in a new edition of her successful A Short History of Modern Egypt. Charting the years from the Arab conquest, through the age of the mamluks, Egypt's incorporation into the Ottoman Empire, the liberal experiment in constitutional government in the early twentieth century, followed by the Nasser and Sadat years, the new edition takes the story up to the present day. During the Mubarak era, Egyptians have seen major changes at home with the rise of globalization and its effects on their economy, the advent of new political parties, the entrenchment of Islamic fundamentalism and the consequent changing attitudes to women. The author explores these developments and what they have meant for the Egyptian people. This short history is ideal for students and for travellers visiting the region for the first time.

About the Author:
Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot is Professor Emerita of History at the University of California at Los Angeles

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Editorial Reviews

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'The book surverys a dense and complicated history in clear and accessible language, and succeeds in appealing to both scholarly and popular audiences. Marsot writes with the confidence, sensitivity, and at times the sense of humour of one who intimately knows and loves Egypt and its rich history."
Heather J. Sharkey, The International History Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521877176
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot is Professor Emerita of History at the University of California at Los Angeles. Her previous publications include Egypt in the Reign of Muhammad Ali (1984) and Women and Men in Late Eighteenth Century Egypt (1995).

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Table of Contents


List of maps     viii
Preface     ix
The Arab conquest of Egypt to the end of the Ayyubi dynasty, 639-1250     1
The age of the mamluks, 1250-1516     31
The Ottoman age, 1516-1805     48
The beginning of the state system, 1805-1922     65
The liberal experiment, 1922-52     98
The Nasser years, 1952-70     127
From Sadat to Mubarak, 1970 to the present day     156
Select bibliography     178
Index     182
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