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Contesting Antiquity in Egypt
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Contesting Antiquity in Egypt: Archaeologies, Museums, and the Struggle for Identities from World War I to Nasser

Donald Malcolm Reid


The sensational discovery in 1922 of Tutankhamun's tomb, close on the heels of Britain's declaration of Egyptian independence, accelerated the growth in Egypt of both Egyptology as a formal discipline and of 'pharaonism'—popular interest in ancient Egypt—as an inspiration in the national struggle for full independence. Emphasizing the three decades from 1922 until Nasser's revolution in 1952, this follow-up to Whose Pharaohs? looks at the ways in which Egypt developed its own archaeologies—ancient Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Coptic, and Islamic. Each of these four archaeologies had given birth to, ... More

Keywords: Egypt, Egyptology, Antiquities, Museum, Nationalism, Archaeology, Islam, Coptic, Colonialism, Tourism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9789774166891
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166891.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Malcolm Reid, author