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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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Egyptology in the Early Twentieth Century

Egyptology in the Early Twentieth Century

(p.25) Chapter 1 Egyptology in the Early Twentieth Century
Labib Habachi

Jill Kamil

American University in Cairo Press

The signing of the Anglo-French agreement, the unveiling of the bronze statue of François Auguste Mariette, the bestowing on an Egyptian Egyptologist, Ahmed Kamal, the title of bey on the occasion of his election to membership of the Institut d'Égypte in recognition of his work on the Egyptian Museum catalog are the three events that were celebrated in Egypt in 1904, the year Labib Habachi was born. One of the highlights of that time was when Kamal decided to approach the head of the diwan al-madaris (council of schools) and try to convince him of the need to found a school of Egyptology in Egypt. To place Ahmed Kamal's life in context as a prelude to describing the political and social environment into which Labib Habachi grew up, mention should be made of Lord Cromer's declared aim to help “free Egyptians from the shackles of oriental despotism.”

Keywords:   Anglo-French agreement, Ahmed Kamal, Labib Habachi, Egyptians, diwan al-madaris

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