The authors examine the emergence of nationalism among the Egyptian middle class during the l930s and l940s, and its growing awareness of an Arab and Muslim identity. The authors demonstrate how the growth of an urban middle class, combined with economic and political failures in the l930s, eroded the foundations of the earlier order. Egypt's present position as a major player in Arab, Muslim and Third World affairs has its roots in the fundamental transition of Egyptian national identity at this time.
Table of Contents
1. The roots of supra-Egyptian nationalism in modern Egypt; Part I. The Intellectual Formulation and Social Dissemination of New Supra-Egyptian Orientations and Ideologies: 2. 'Now is the turn of the East': Egyptian Easternism in the 1930s; 3. 'The return of Islam': the new Islamic mood in Egypt; 4. Egyptian Islamic nationalism; 5. Integral Egyptian nationalism; 6. Egyptian Arab nationalism; Part II. Supra-Egyptianism in Egyptian Politics: 7. Egypt, Arab alliance, and Islamic Caliphate, 1936-1939; 8. Palestine, public opinion, and Egyptian policy, 1936-1939; 9. The road to the Arab League, 1939-1945; l0. Conclusion: from Egyptian territorial to supra-Egyptian nationalism.