By Khaled Fahmy
Whereas scholarship has often considered Mehmed Ali Pasha because the founding father of glossy Egypt, Khaled Fahmy deals a brand new interpretation of his function within the upward thrust of Egyptian nationalism, firmly finding him in the Ottoman context as an formidable, if challenging, Ottoman reformer. Basing his paintings on formerly missed archival fabric, the writer demonstrates how Mehmed Ali sought to improve the Egyptian economic system and to accumulate the military, now not as a way of gaining Egyptian independence from the Ottoman empire, yet to extra his personal objectives for well-known hereditary rule over the province. through concentrating on the military and the soldier’s day-by-day reviews, the writer constructs an in depth photograph of makes an attempt at modernization and reform, how they have been deliberate and carried out via a variety of reformers, and the way the general public at huge understood and accommodated them. during this means, the paintings contributes to the bigger methodological and theoretical debates bearing on nation-building and the development of country energy within the specific context of early nineteenth-century Egypt.
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I saw him descending on you stretching his arms wide open and you threw yourself into his embrace, with a trembling heart and overflowing yearning, as if this embrace would last forever. He disappeared in you and you in him and together you became one indivisible person. Can anyone mention Cairo without the phantom of Mehmed Ali leaping to his mind? 38 This is how Mahmud Taymur, the famous Egyptian novelist, commemorated the centenary of Mehmed Ali's death. This love letter from the Sphinx to his beloved city is "translated" by Taymur from the original Hieroglyphics, "my own native language," the Sphinx explained, "for in spite of all the different languages that my soul has been carrying for ages, Hieroglyphics is my favorite.
Let us listen to the Sphinx himself describe the career of the Great Pasha in a letter he sent to his beloved Cairo on the centenary of Mehmed Ali's death. I have been harboring overflowing feelings that I can no longer contain, passionate feelings that pull me towards you, in spite of being tied here to my place with the Pyramids behind me. , Between Development and Underdevelopment: The Precarious Attempts at Industrialization of the Periphery, 1800-70 (Geneva: Droz, 1991), p. 182. Most notably, see 'Abdel-Rahman al-Raf CI, 'Asr Muhammad 'All [Mehmed Ali's Reign] (Cairo: Maktabat al-Nahda al-Misriyya, 1951); M.
And how couldn't you when God has sent you this genius, the son of Kavala? I could see him in his distant place of origin sitting for long hours fixing his eye on you, penetrating with his piercing insight the layers of time . . and listening to your imploring plea. " I saw him descending on you stretching his arms wide open and you threw yourself into his embrace, with a trembling heart and overflowing yearning, as if this embrace would last forever. He disappeared in you and you in him and together you became one indivisible person.