State and Society in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Egypt

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 13, 2003 - History - 336 pages
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Previous studies of nineteenth-century Egypt have often been premature in identifying the existence of an independent nation state. In a way which will permanently affect our view of Egyptian history, this book argues that in the mid-nineteenth-century period Egypt was still an Ottoman province, with a provincial Ottoman elite which was only gradually becoming Egyptian. Part one discusses the creation of a dynastic order in Egypt, especially under Abbas Pasa (1848-1854), and the formation of an Ottoman-Egyptian ruling class. Part two deals with the non-elite groups, the vast majority of Egypt's population. A final chapter offers a convincing picture of the social and cultural life of the period in a way which has never before been attempted in a Middle East context. The author's valuable knowledge of Ottoman and Arabic as well as European documents and his use of a wide variety of sources, including police and court records, chronicles and travel literature, have enabled him to make an important contribution to a neglected period of Egyptian history and indeed to our understanding of other provinces and dependencies in the region.
  

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Contents

List of plates page
xiii
Mehmet Ali Pasa ruled 190548 page
3
Ibrahim Pasa ruled for six months in 1848
8
Abbas Pasa ruled 184854
11
The Nile Barrages one of the main projects of the middle years
20
Introduction
39
Ilhami Pasa Abbass son
63
Abbas Pasa
109
Introduction
151
The urban squeeze
206
The Gate of Matewaley sic Cairo 1843 by David Roberts
207
The network of urban control
221
The use of unappropriated time
231
Epilogue
249
Bibliography
302
Index
312

The demonimage as a product of elite culture
135

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About the author (2003)

Ehud R. Toledano is professor of Middle East history and director, The Graduate School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University.

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