By Eve M. Troutt Powell
This incisive learn provides a brand new measurement to discussions of Egypt's nationalist reaction to the phenomenon of colonialism in addition to to discussions of colonialism and nationalism often. Eve M. Troutt Powell demanding situations many approved tenets of the binary courting among eu empires and non-European colonies by way of studying the triangle of colonialism marked via nice Britain, Egypt, and the Sudan. She demonstrates how vital the problem of the Sudan used to be to Egyptian nationalism and highlights the deep ambivalence in Egyptian attitudes towards empire and the ensuing ambiguities and paradoxes that have been a vital part of the nationalist stream. a distinct color of Colonialism enriches our figuring out of 19th- and twentieth-century Egyptian attitudes towards slavery and race and expands our point of view of the "colonized colonizer."
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Chapter 2 investigates the era of Khedive Isma`ïl (1863–1879), Muhammad `Alï’s grandson and successor to a program of expansionism into East Africa and to his specific ambitions for the Sudan. It was during Isma`ïl’s reign that the question of slavery became politically explosive, culminating in the antislavery convention of 1877. This chapter analyzes the writings of the early Egyptian nationalists, Ya`qüb Sanü`a and `Abdallah al-Nadïm, one a playwright, both journalists, who came of age under Isma`ïl.
This authority, and the guards that came with it, shielded him from violence and gave him a layer of protection when he encountered hostile tribes in the market town of Numliyya. ” When they saw me they gathered around me, much struck by the redness of my color. They came upon me in droves, because they had never before seen an Arab. They wanted to kill me out of mischief—and at that time I did not know one word of the Furi language. They frightened me except for when I saw my companions unsheath their weapons and thrust them in the faces of the crowd.
Within the literature of Egyptian nationalism, especially the literature of writers of colloquial Arabic who paid particular attention to nuances, such words were immensely controversial. Moreover, these words were not simple impositions by Egyptians on Sudanese. 26 These were words of the market and the slave trade, and were of grave importance in identifying who could be sold and who could not. One Sudanese tribe could identify another with such words and could reveal a kinship based on shared religion or trade networks.