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A History of Egypt
From the Arab Conquest to the Present

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: March 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521700764

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  • Egypt occupies a central position in the Arab world. Its borders between sand and sea have existed for millennia and yet, until 1952, the country was ruled by foreigners. Afaf al-Sayyid Marsot explores the paradoxes of Egypt's history in an updated edition of her successful A Short History of Modern Egypt. Charting the years from the Arab conquest, through the age of the Mamluks, Egypt's incorporation into the Ottoman Empire, the liberal experiment in constitutional government in the early twentieth century, followed by the Nasser and Sadat years, the new edition takes the story up to the present day. During the Mubarak era, Egyptians have seen major changes with the rise of globalization and its effects on their economy, the advent of new political parties, the entrenchment of Islamic fundamentalism and the consequent changing attitudes to women. This short history is ideal for students and travelers.

    • New edition of a concise and extremely readable account of Egypt's history
    • The second edition brings the history up to the present day, and includes an analysis of the rise of fundamentalist Islam
    • The book will appeal to anyone interested in Egypt whether an average reader, a student, a professional or businessman or a tourist
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A Short History of Modern Egypt is an excellent short book. In under l50 pages, Professor Afaf Marsot has managed to give a coherent picture of Egypt since the Arab-Muslim conquest in the year AD 639 … [she] has told the story of Egypt very ably indeed.' James Piscatori, American Arab Affairs

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521700764
    • length: 198 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 154 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Arab conquest of Egypt to the end of the Ayyubi dynasty, 639–1250
    2. The age of the mamluks, 1250–1516
    3. The Ottoman age, 1516–1805
    4. The beginning of the state system, 1805–1922
    5. The liberal experiment, 1922–52
    6. The Nasser years, 1952–70
    7. From Sadat to Mubarak, 1970 to the present day
    Select bibliography.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Art and Architecture of Egypt
    • Egypt Since 1952
    • Egypt between Two Revolutions: A Modern History
    • History of the Modern Middle East
    • Islamic Egypt
    • Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey
  • Author

    Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot, University of California, Los Angeles
    Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot is Professor Emerita of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her previous publications include Egypt in the Reign of Muhammad Ali (1984) and Women and Men in Late Eighteenth Century Egypt (1995).

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