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Early European Travelers and the Emergence of the Theban Communities in the Consciousness of the West

Kees van der Spek

in The Modern Neighbors of Tutankhamun

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9789774164033
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970917 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774164033.003.0005
Early European Travelers and the Emergence of the Theban Communities in the Consciousness of the West

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Much of what characterizes the people of al-Qurna today is not only inherent in the physical aspects of the surrounding landscape, but also the historical process of archaeological recognition and interpretation that has resulted in the culturally constructed characterization of the Theban foothills. This perspective immediately directs the attention to the historically situated development of western academic involvement with the Theban west bank, necessitating a global perspective in explanation of the particular cultural constructions that resulted from the contact with foreign interests. This chapter argues that the communities of the Luxor west bank represent a case in which the emergence of the originally western academic practice of Egyptology acted as one of those external formational processes, and that it is in this light that the al-Qurna material, at least in part, must be presented and understood.

Keywords: al-Qurna; Theban foothills; Theban west bank; Luxor west bank; Egyptology

Chapter.  9330 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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