“In Justice to the Inhabitants of Gournei”: European Presence and Its Literary Record

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:
“In Justice to the Inhabitants of Gournei”: European Presence and Its Literary Record

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This chapter gives an overview of the social space accorded to west bank villagers as represented in the records of European travelers. Its intention is not to provide a detailed overview of individual travelers themselves, but to paint a relevant comprehensive picture of real and perceived Qurnawi sociality as it emerges from their notebooks and published accounts. The structure advanced here synthesizes selected travelers' observations that were often separated by many years, their dispersed comments on individual topics combined into a representation of what it is that can be distilled from their records about Qurnawi sociality. Although travelers' presence was strongly focused on the ancient monuments, an ethnological account is nevertheless hidden within the corpus of their records. The purpose of this chapter is to make that account explicit, in order to create a set of historically located reference points capable of offering a context for the contemporary ethnographic continuities.

Keywords: social space; west bank villagers; European travelers; Qurnawi sociality; ethnological account

Chapter.  21393 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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