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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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A Turning Point

A Turning Point

(p.91) Chapter 4 A Turning Point
Labib Habachi

Jill Kamil

American University in Cairo Press

The politically turbulent years of the 1930s, when Ismail Sidqi emerged as the “strong man” of Egyptian politics, abolished the constitution, drafted another that enhanced the power of the monarch, and formed his own party (Hizb al-Sha'b), were culturally innovative and archaeologically vigorous years for Egyptology. Egyptology was fast becoming popularized. The concentration of statues and other objects from a single period on Elephantine is unusual. The unearthing at Tanis of the tombs of the Libyan kings of the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Dynasties by Pierre Montet, a French Egyptologist, was a significant discovery. Labib Habachi was there during the excavation. Egyptologist and digger had trained under the British archaeologist Guy Brunton, whom Labachi met in Nekhen, some ten years earlier.

Keywords:   Ismail Sidqi, Egyptian politics, digger, Pierre Montet, Guy Brunton

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