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Labib HabachiThe Life and Legacy of an Egyptologist$
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Jill Kamil

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789774160615

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774160615.001.0001

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Picking Up the Reins

Picking Up the Reins

(p.257) Chapter 11 Picking Up the Reins
Labib Habachi

Jill Kamil

American University in Cairo Press

Labib Habachi lived in two worlds. Habachi marveled as evidence came to light of an ancient town that developed on a mound south of a lake, which provided a harbor through a channel from the Pelusiac branch of the Nile. While he was up to date with the latest techniques in the excavation, documentation, and restoration of monuments, he was critical of overspecialization. Habachi's fascination with Elephantine never diminished. He tried to put right what his observations and instinct, backed by research, convinced him were the “flawed views” of western scholars. It irked him that some of his most insightful conclusions were considered irrelevant.

Keywords:   Labib Habachi, Pelusiac branch, Nile, Elephantine, overspecialization, flawed views

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