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Minarets and Pyramids

Jason Thompson

in Edward William Lane 1801–1876

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789774162879
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970214 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162879.003.0011
Minarets and Pyramids

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Lane was of two minds when it came to an overall assessment of the pasha. He had seen just how heavily Muhammad Ali's yoke rested on the Egyptian people. His ears had been filled with complaints throughout the length of Egypt and far into Nubia. Lane found so much to admire in Muhammad Ali. His irrigation projects had brought large areas of new land under cultivation. He considered Muhammad Ali's regime to be a viable institution, one that was likely to last and that could take care of itself. This became the primary source for the lengthy “History of Muhammad Ali” in Lane's Description of Egypt which, had it been published during his lifetime, would have helped establish al-Jabarti's reputation in the West much earlier than was the actual case.

Keywords: pasha; Muhammad Ali; Egypt; Nubia; al-Jabarti; irrigation projects

Chapter.  10041 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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