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A Turning Point

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/9789774160615.003.0005
A Turning Point

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The politically turbulent years of the 1930s, when Ismail Sidqi emerged as the “strong man” of Egyptian politics, abolished the constitution, drafted another that enhanced the power of the monarch, and formed his own party (Hizb al-Sha'b), were culturally innovative and archaeologically vigorous years for Egyptology. Egyptology was fast becoming popularized. The concentration of statues and other objects from a single period on Elephantine is unusual. The unearthing at Tanis of the tombs of the Libyan kings of the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Dynasties by Pierre Montet, a French Egyptologist, was a significant discovery. Labib Habachi was there during the excavation. Egyptologist and digger had trained under the British archaeologist Guy Brunton, whom Labachi met in Nekhen, some ten years earlier.

Keywords: Ismail Sidqi; Egyptian politics; digger; Pierre Montet; Guy Brunton

Chapter.  7073 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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