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  • Volume 1: 640–1517
  • Edited by Carl F. Petry, Northwestern University, Illinois
Cambridge University Press
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March 2008
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The Cambridge History of Egypt offers the first comprehensive English-language treatment of Egyptian history through thirteen centuries, from the Arab conquest to the present day. The two-volume survey considers the political, socio-economic and cultural history of the world's oldest state, summarizing the debates and providing insight into controversies. As Egypt reclaims a leading role in the Islamic, Arab and Afro-Asian worlds, the project stands as testimony to its complex and vibrant past. Volume 1 addresses the period from the Arab invasion in 640 to the Ottoman conquest in 1517. It opens with a discussion of the preceding centuries to illustrate the legacy of ancient Egypt, and then progresses chronologically according to the major dynastic episodes. Authors have been encouraged to address their topics in the light of new research.


Review of the hardback:‘… a fine addition to any personal or institutional library with interest in the Islamic world … the authors and editors are to be congratulated.’

Source: Journal of the American Oriental Society

Review of the hardback:' … this excellent volume is a reliable summary of recent research in the field.'

Amalia Levanoni - University of Haifa

Review of the hardback:‘… a notable scholarly achievement … the main contribution of the editor, Carl F. Petry, in making this book an important landmark in the modern historiography of Muslim Egypt, lies in his broad vision of the history of Egypt and its people.’

Source: Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam

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