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Egypt's Culture WarsPolitics and Practice$
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Samia Mehrez

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163746

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163746.001.0001

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Egypt's Culture Wars

Samia Mehrez

American University in Cairo Press

This volume maps out some of the most significant cultural battles in Egypt focusing specifically on the Mubarak era that has witnessed significant and often contradictory changes within the cultural field in an increasingly globalized context. This book explores the values, paradoxes, and battles that have shaped the Egyptian cultural field at both the local and global levels at the turn of the century. The individual chapters deal with different aspects of both the cultural and the educational fields including literature, film, and mass media as well as the academy. Bringing these individual pieces together in the context of this volume provides for an overview of the cultural politics in Egypt as well as the contests over power, legitimacy, knowledge, language, and representation.

Keywords:   Mubarak era, Egypt, Egyptian culture, Muslim Brotherhood, cultural politics

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