Chapter

Picking Up the Reins

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/9789774160615.003.0012
Picking Up the Reins

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Labib Habachi lived in two worlds. Habachi marveled as evidence came to light of an ancient town that developed on a mound south of a lake, which provided a harbor through a channel from the Pelusiac branch of the Nile. While he was up to date with the latest techniques in the excavation, documentation, and restoration of monuments, he was critical of overspecialization. Habachi's fascination with Elephantine never diminished. He tried to put right what his observations and instinct, backed by research, convinced him were the “flawed views” of western scholars. It irked him that some of his most insightful conclusions were considered irrelevant.

Keywords: Labib Habachi; Pelusiac branch; Nile; Elephantine; overspecialization; flawed views

Chapter.  5497 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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