Early Modern Egypt: In the Crosshairs of Orientalism

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“Orientalism” as defined by Edward Said, is “the basic distinction between East and West as the starting point for elaborate theories, epics, novels, social descriptions, and political accounts concerning the Orient, its people, customs, ‘mind,’ destiny and so on.”  Under the influence of foreign powers for years, Egypt has often been a country whose image was […]

Revolutions and the Survival of Antiquities

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Revolutions have a habit of ‘eating their own children’.  That is to say, many revolutions begin with the notion of changing the current order, and soon after those who wanted change realize that what they wanted is not necessarily what they got. Elements of the past suddenly become taboo, extinguished to pave the way for […]