The Home, the Classroom, and the Cultivation of Egyptian Nationalism

Lisa Pollard

in Nurturing the Nation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780520240223
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937536 | DOI:
The Home, the Classroom, and the Cultivation of Egyptian Nationalism

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British administrators and Egyptian nationalists subjected elite Egyptian schoolchildren to a reform of their personal behavior that was designed to fit the needs of the Egyptian state—both as it transformed itself and as it struggled to liberate itself from the British. British government officials called for the creation of more productive, more modern Egyptians to serve the state. The classroom became the laboratory in which Egyptian youth learned and practiced new habits, behaviors, and relationships. The most basic lesson which turn-of-the-century Egyptian children learned was that their cultural traditions were responsible for Egypt's backwardness and its subsequent occupation. Teachers of all subjects taught Egyptian children that only when they learned and practiced a new set of traditions in their private and public lives would they be capable of accompanying Egypt into a modern and independent age.

Keywords: schoolchildren; behavior; Egyptian nationalism; culture

Chapter.  13861 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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