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Conflicted Antiquities Egyptology, Egyptomania, Egyptian Modernity

ISBN-10: 0822339927
ISBN-13: 9780822339922
Edition: 2008
Authors: Elliott Colla
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Description: "Conflicted Antiquities" is a rich cultural history of European and Egyptian interest in ancient Egypt and its material culture, from the early nineteenth century until the mid-twentieth. Consulting the relevant Arabic archives, Elliott Colla  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 1/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

"Conflicted Antiquities" is a rich cultural history of European and Egyptian interest in ancient Egypt and its material culture, from the early nineteenth century until the mid-twentieth. Consulting the relevant Arabic archives, Elliott Colla demonstrates that the emergence of Egyptology--the study of ancient Egypt and its material legacy--was as consequential for modern Egyptians as it was for Europeans. The values and practices introduced by the new science of archaeology played a key role in the formation of a new colonial regime in Egypt. This fact was not lost on Egyptian nationalists, who challenged colonial archaeologists with the claim that they were the direct heirs of the Pharaohs, and therefore the rightful owners and administrators of ancient Egypt's material remains. As this dispute developed, nationalists invented the political and expressive culture of "Pharaonism"--Egypt's response to Europe's Egyptomania. In the process, a significant body of modern, Pharaonist poetry, sculpture, architecture, and film was created by artists and authors who looked to the ancient past for inspiration. Colla draws on medieval and modern Arabic poetry, novels, and travel accounts; British and French travel writing; the history of archaeology; and the history of European and Egyptian museums and exhibits. The struggle over the ownership of Pharaonic Egypt did not simply pit Egyptian nationalists against European colonial administrators. Egyptian elites found arguments about the appreciation and preservation of ancient objects useful for exerting new forms of control over rural populations and for mobilizing new political parties. Finally, just as the political and expressive culture ofPharaonism proved critical to the formation of new concepts of nationalist identity, it also fueled Islamist opposition to the Egyptian state.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Egyptian Sculpture Room
The Artifaction of the Memnon Head
Ozymandias
Conflicted Antiquities: Islam's Pharaoh and Emergent Egyptology
The Antiqakhana
Pharaonic Selves
Two Pharaohs
The Discovery of Tutankhamen's Tomb: Archaeology, Politics, Literature
Nahdat Misr
Pharaonism after Pharaonism: Mahfouz and Qutb
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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