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Cairo University and the Making of Modern Egypt


Part of Cambridge Middle East Library

  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521894333

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  • Cairo University has been crucially important in shaping the national life of modern Egypt. It has educated much of the political, professional and cultural elite: doctors and lawyers, novelists and philosophers, bankers and prime ministers have all studied there. Founded in 1908 and for many years competing only with the religious mosque-university of al-Azhar, the European-inspired Cairo University quickly became the prime indigenous model for other state universities in the Arab world. Professor Reid has drawn on university archives hitherto untapped by Western scholars and a wide range of other Arabic and Western sources. He explains the university's part in the national quest for independence from Britain, in the perennial tension between secular and religious world views, and in the push for a more egalitarian society. Nasser and Sadat, Kings Fuad and Faruq, reformers Muhammad Abduh and Taha Husayn, nationalist hero Saad Zaghlul and Nobel Prize winner Najib Mahfuz all feature prominently in this fascinating history of modern Egypt's leading educational institution.

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    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521894333
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 232 x 155 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 30 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of tables
    Note on academic terminology and transliteration
    List of abbreviations
    Part I. The Private University, 1908–1919:
    1. Antecedents
    2. Implementing the plan
    3. Challenges and adjustments
    Part II. The University and the Liberal Ideal, 1919–1950:
    4. The transition to a state university
    5. Rival imperialisms and Egyptianization
    6. Issues of equity: a university for whom?
    7. The university and politics, 1930–1950
    8. The issue of religion
    Part III. In Nasser's Shadow, 1950–1967:
    9. The end of the old regime
    10. Quality, quantity, and careers
    11. Mobilizing the university?
    Part IV. The University since Nasser:
    12. The open door and the Islamist challenge
    Conclusion and prospect
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Donald Malcolm Reid, Georgia State University

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