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The Modern Neighbors of TutankhamunHistory, Life, and Work in the Villages of the Theban West Bank$
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Kees van der Spek

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164033

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164033.001.0001

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The Ethnography of Eviction

The Ethnography of Eviction

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The Modern Neighbors of Tutankhamun

Kees van der Spek

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter describes the history of the necropolis' occupation, the removal of its inhabitants, and the demolition of their villages. On March 8, 1999, sixteen Coptic families moved from their large housing compound in al-Hurubat to the new settlement of al-Suyul. These voluntary relocations of the late-twentieth and early twenty-first century were ambivalent affairs. While they were accepted for one personal or practical reason or another, and thereby arguably forced upon the Qurnawi in so many ways, many, when asked about relocation issues, did indeed look forward to such basic domestic amenities as clean water, showers, toilets, and general cleanliness. This chapter discusses the social context in which relocation initiatives could take effect encompassed the two extremes seen represented in the attitudes expressed by Mahmud Muhammad Hussein on the one hand and Sayyed Ali Muhammad on the other.

Keywords:   necropolis, Coptic families, al-Hurubat, al-Suyul, Qurnawi

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