Ottoman Egypt and the Emergence of the Modern World

1500–1800

Nelly Hanna

Based on the Hamilton A.R. Gibb Lectures given by Nelly Hanna at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies of Harvard University, this groundbreaking book

English edition
15 November 2014
192 pp.
15X23cm
ISBN 9789774166648
For sale worldwide

$39.95

Based on the Hamilton A.R. Gibb Lectures given by Nelly Hanna at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies of Harvard University, this groundbreaking book will be of interest to all those looking for a different perspective on the history of south–north relations. Aiming to place Egypt clearly in the context of some of the major worldwide transformations of the three centuries from 1500 to 1800, Professor Hanna questions the mainstream view that has identified the main sources of modern world history as the Reformation, the expansion of Europe into America and Asia, the formation of trading companies, and scientific discoveries. She adds to the debate by showing that there were worldwide trends that touched Egypt, India, southeast Asia, and Europe: in all these areas, for example, there were linguistic shifts that brought the written language closer to the spoken word. She also demonstrates that technology and know-how, far from being centered only in Europe, flowed in different directions: for instance, in the eighteenth century, French entrepreneurs were trying to imitate the techniques of bleaching and dyeing of cloth that they found in Egypt and other Ottoman localities.

Nelly Hanna

Raouf Abbas is professor of modern history in the Faculty of Arts at Cairo University and president of the Egyptian Historical Society. Nelly Hanna is professor of Arabic studies at the American University in Cairo. She is the author or editor of a number of books and articles including In Praise of Books: A Cultural History of Cairo’s Middle Class, Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century (AUC Press, 2004).
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