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Transformed LandscapesEssays on Palestine and the Middle East in Honor of Walid Khalidi$
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Camille Mansour and Leila Fawaz

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162473

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162473.001.0001

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Badr Al-din Al-maqdisi

Badr Al-din Al-maqdisi

A Palestinian Shaykh Resisting French Occupation in Late Eighteenth-century Cairo

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Transformed Landscapes

Camille Mansour

Leila Fawaz

American University in Cairo Press

Badr al-Din al-Maqdisi's life story is recounted by a great Egyptian historian. There is very little information about his life as a whole. Much is missing in his story, and this chapter is able to reconstruct only those parts relating to events in which he was an active participant. The document, concerning the inheritance of Hajj Husayn al-Qassab, shaykh of the butchers' guild (gazzarin) in Husayniya, specifies that it was drafted “in the presence of Sayyid Badr al-Din al-Hanafi, mufti and teacher at the Mashhad al-Husayni.” The shaykh thus wielded great influence over the popular forces centered in the suburb. Badr's absence may be due to the dearth of sources, but possibly also to the reluctance of al-Jabarti to dwell on those events—as a well-off bourgeois of Cairo he had little sympathy for such movements.

Keywords:   butchers, gazzarin, shaykh, bourgeois, Cairo

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