The Ethnography of Eviction

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:
The Ethnography of Eviction

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This chapter describes the history of the necropolis' occupation, the removal of its inhabitants, and the demolition of their villages. On March 8, 1999, sixteen Coptic families moved from their large housing compound in al-Hurubat to the new settlement of al-Suyul. These voluntary relocations of the late-twentieth and early twenty-first century were ambivalent affairs. While they were accepted for one personal or practical reason or another, and thereby arguably forced upon the Qurnawi in so many ways, many, when asked about relocation issues, did indeed look forward to such basic domestic amenities as clean water, showers, toilets, and general cleanliness. This chapter discusses the social context in which relocation initiatives could take effect encompassed the two extremes seen represented in the attitudes expressed by Mahmud Muhammad Hussein on the one hand and Sayyed Ali Muhammad on the other.

Keywords: necropolis; Coptic families; al-Hurubat; al-Suyul; Qurnawi

Chapter.  8563 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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