Yoav Di Capua

in Gatekeepers of the Arab Past

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257320
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944817 | DOI:

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts. It argues that Egypt's historiographical culture prescribed the writing of patriotic accounts of liberation and struggle that are extremely useful in forging identity and inducing group cohesion. Since the state and the nation are practically indistinguishable, critical accounts are treated as unpatriotic, dangerous, and ultimately illegitimate. No matter how tentatively it did so, once Egyptian culture committed itself to this mode of operation, it inevitably committed itself also to the severe implications of that mode. Four examples for such implications are discussed.

Keywords: Egyptian history; Egyptian historiography; liberation; Egyptian culture

Chapter.  3069 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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