Long 1890s in Egypt : Colonial Quiescence, Subterranean Resistance
Egypt at the turn of the nineteenth century was a politically potent place, with overt popular activism beginning to steer the country in radical new directions. This expansive volume is the first to address the era's national dynamism, which was a crucial component of Egypt's transition to modern statehood. By the end of the nineteenth century, Egypt had become deeply unsettled by crisscrossing and conflicting political currents, as well as fluctuating economic, geopolitical, social, and demographic conditions and cultural processes. Like its twentieth-century fin-de-siècle, much of the country's ferment foreshadowed more visible and politically disruptive events that unfolded in subsequent decades.
Engaging with questions of political engagement, shifting gender roles, geographical ambiguities, the emergence of new media, community identity formation, and changing artistic formations, this study upends the dominant view that Egypt in the 1890s was a time of withdrawal and quiescence. It also draws parallels between nineteenth- and twentieth-century fin-de-siècles, noting the equally "quiet" political atmosphere that preceded the Egyptian popular uprising of 2011.