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Bridging the Gap

Jill Kamil

in Labib Habachi

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9789774160615
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970184 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774160615.003.0004
Bridging the Gap

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Labib Habachi's transformation from a roving inspector into a perceptive Egyptologist came about slowly. As he moved from post to post, he developed a sharp appetite for knowledge, a flair for seeking out archaeological clues, and an eye for an anomaly, whether a subtle change in the color of the soil, a sandy mound in a field, or an object out of context. Habachi early developed a keen sense of social structure. The 'umda in rural areas, like hereditary chiefs in ancient times, had social and legal responsibilities. The gap between foreign and Egyptian Egyptologists grew progressively narrower. The most exceptional of the first generation was Selim Hassan, a disciple of Ahmed Kamal whose career was held up during World War I, when he resorted to secondary school teaching.

Keywords: Labib Habachi; Egyptologist; Ahmed Kamal; Selim Hassan; 'umda; foreign gap

Chapter.  7989 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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