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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2008

HIS 364G • Modern Egypt: A History

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Course Description

Over the past two centuries Egypt experienced four radically different forms of political community, economic organization and public culture as it swiftly moved from Ottomanism and household regime to Colonialism, Liberalism, Arab-Socialism and Authoritarian Capitalism. A fifth shift, Islamic Republicanism is pending. In each stage Egypt went through a complete reshuffling of the state structure and public culture. Each of these phases was experienced with great intellectual and emotional intensity. These trends brought observers to the conclusion that "Egypt is where modern Arab history comes into focus." The aim of this class is to critically examine the social, political and intellectual dynamics which shaped these experiences. In the process we will look at the rise of nationalism, the collapse of cosmopolitanism, the rise of statism and authoritarianism and ultimately, the emergence of radical Islam.

Grading Policy

Midterm (25%) Final (40%) two Written reports of two single spaced pages each (25% Participation 10% Periodical quizzes.


James Jankowski, Egypt: A Short History (Oxford: One World, 2000) James Jankowski, Israel Gershoni, Egypt, Islam and the Arabs: The Search for Egyptian Nationhood, 1900-1930 (Oxford, 1986) Arthur Goldschmidt, Amy Johnson et Barak Salmoni (eds.), Re-envisioning Egypt (Cairo: AUC Press, 2005) Lia Brynjar, The Society of The Muslim Brothers in Egypt: The Rise of An Islamic Mass Movement, 1928-1942 (Reading, England: Ithaca, 1998) Albert Hourani, Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age Joel Gordon, Nasser's Blessed Movement: Egypt's Free Officers and the July revolution (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992) Adeed Dawisha, Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century: From Triumph to Despair (Princeton, N.J. 2003) Raymond William Baker, Egypt's Uncertain Revolution under Nasser and Sadat (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1978) Joel Beinin and Zachary Lockman, Workers on the Nile: Nationalism, Communism, Islam, and the Egyptian Working Class, 1882-1954 (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1987) Beth Baron, Egypt as a Women: Nationalism, Gender, Politics (Berkely: UCP, 2005) Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, Mobilizing Islam: Religion, Activism, and Political Change in Egypt (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002) Starrett, Gregory, Putting Islam to Work Education, Politics, and Religious Transformation in Egypt (Berkeley: Berkeley U. Press, 1998)


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