Contesting Antiquity in Egypt: Archaeologies, Museums, and the Struggle for Identities from World War I to Nasser

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The sensational discovery in 1922 of Tutankhamun’s tomb, close on the heels of Britain’s declaration of Egyptian independence, accelerated the growth in Egypt of both Egyptology as a formal discipline and of ‘pharaonism'―popular interest in ancient Egypt―as an inspiration in the struggle for full independence. Emphasizing the three decades from 1922 until Nasser’s revolution in 1952, this compelling follow-up to Whose Pharaohs? looks at the ways in which Egypt developed its own archaeologies―Islamic, Coptic, and Greco-Roman, as well as the more dominant ancient Egyptian. Each of these four archaeologies had given birth to, and grown up around, a major antiquities museum in Egypt. Later, Cairo, Alexandria, and Ain Shams universities joined in shaping these fields. Contesting Antiquity in Egypt brings all four disciplines, as well as the closely related history of tourism, together in a single engaging framework.
Throughout this semi-colonial era, the British fought a prolonged rearguard action to retain control of the country while the French continued to dominate the Antiquities Service, as they had since 1858. Traditional accounts highlight the role of European and American archaeologists in discovering and interpreting Egypt’s long past. Donald Reid redresses the balance by also paying close attention to the lives and careers of often-neglected Egyptian specialists. He draws attention not only to the contests between westerners and Egyptians over the control of antiquities, but also to passionate debates among Egyptians themselves over pharaonism in relation to Islam and Arabism during a critical period of nascent nationalism.
Drawing on rich archival and published sources, extensive interviews, and material objects ranging from statues and murals to photographs and postage stamps, this comprehensive study by one of the leading scholars in the field will make fascinating reading for scholars and students of Middle East history, archaeology, politics, and museum and heritage studies, as well as for the interested lay reader.

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Donald Malcolm Reid is author of Whose Pharaohs? Archaeologies, Museums, and Egyptian National Identity from Napoleon to World War I and Cairo University and the Making of Modern Egypt, among other works. He is professor emeritus, Georgia State University, and affiliate professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington.

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"Donald Reid is one of the most prolific scholars in the field of modern Egyptian history. His books are consistent in a number of ways: his research is extensive, and for Contesting Antiquity in Egypt, even broader than usual; his works avoid jargon; he collects amazing details on a wide range of people and he makes certain that the reader knows who they are and when they lived; and, finally and most important of all, he puts Egyptians at the heart of his research and writing. Reid's scholarship successfully fills in a major lacuna in the study of modern Egyptian history--the role of Egyptians in archaeology and the museum world, limited as it may have been at times because of European and American efforts to limit their success."--Jere L. Bacharach, University of Washington


"Highly recommended."--Choice


"Reid, who always has a good eye for an anecdote, shows how impossible it is to separate culture from the imperial machinations and rivalries of the time. The really important thing about Reid's new book is that he brings the often neglected contributions of Egyptian scholars into this narrative."--Raphael Cormack, Apollo


"A fascinating history of historians."--AramcoWorld


"Of particular importance is Reid's emphasis on Egyptian scholars who pioneered the study of the above fields and the role they played in wresting control of Egyptology from earlier French, British, German, and US colonial dominance. Of equal interest is the constant tension and rivalry between French and British archaeologists for control of Egyptology and their role in subordinating indigenous scholarship. Intrigues to control the news related to the discovery of Tutankhamen, controversies regarding the division of archaeological remains, and personal hostilities between famed archaeologists all make for an interesting read."--Choice


"Reid's engaging prose is extensively researched and will provide a refreshingly Egyptian perspective for anyone interested in the development of the study of Egypt's heritage."--Campbell Price, Ancient Egypt


"A valuable piece of scholarship: not only in terms of the history of archaeology and museums in Egypt, but also concerning how we think about the making of the past in formerly colonized countries."--William Carruthers, Public Archaeology


"This book is a major accomplishment and I would recommend it to all those interested in Egyptian antiquity as well as modern Egypt. It will enrich the experience of anyone who visits an Egyptian exhibition, museum, or site."--Kenneth M. Cuno, Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities


"Contesting Antiquity in Egypt would be of interest to scholars across humanistic disciplines. It will act as a valuable reference to those studying symbols of national ideology as well as ones scavenging for minute bibliographical information on a great many twentieth-century Egyptian cultural movers."--Arab Studies Quarterly


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