The Large Landowning Class and the Peasantry in Egypt

1837–1952

Raouf Abbas
Assem El-Dessouky
Edited by Peter Gran

In Egypt, the landowning class first arose in the early part of the nineteenth century from land grants given to extended family members and friends o

English edition
316 pp.
15X23cm
ISBN 9789774165511
For sale only in the Middle East

$24.95

In Egypt, the landowning class first arose in the early part of the nineteenth century from land grants given to extended family members and friends of the ruler Muhammad ‘Ali. From the subsequent development of capitalism, a class of large landowners emerged and began to defend their interests, both economic and political. In two seminal Arabic works published in the 1970s, Raouf Abbas and Assem El–Dessouky traced the formation of this class, exploring the multiple factors that influenced the rise and power of landowners. Combined into one volume and translated into English for the first time, this book offers a comprehensive analysis of landownership and its effects on Egyptian society. The authors draw from extensive archival sources, successfully integrating in their work the competing forces of the state, the landlords, and the peasants. By moving beyond much of the familiar scholarship on landholders, this book presents a new interpretation of Egyptian politics and society.

Raouf Abbas

Raouf Abbas was professor of modern history at Cairo University. He coedited (with Nelly Hanna) Society and Economy in Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean 1600–1900 (AUC Press, 2005). Assem El–Dessouky is professor emeritus of modern history at Helwan University.

Peter Gran

Peter Gran, professor of history at Temple University, is the author of Beyond Eurocentrism: A New View of Modern World History.
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