Science and Barbarism

Jeremy Salt

in The Unmaking of the Middle East

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255517
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934757 | DOI:
Science and Barbarism

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This chapter focuses on the British and French armies' entry into the Muslim lands of the Near East. It discusses the second French invasion of Algeria in 1830 and the British invasion of Egypt in 1882. The chapter describes the machine-gun slaughter of protonational Sudanese tribal warriors in the Battle of Omdurman in 1898, which was considered as the triumph of science over barbarism.

Keywords: Muslim lands; Near East; French invasion; Algeria; British invasion; Egypt; machine gun; Sudanese tribal warriors; Battle of Omdurman; science

Chapter.  5678 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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