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Cairo University and the Making of Modern Egypt


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Cairo University and the Making of Modern Egypt

by Donald Malcolm Reid (Author)
Avi Shlaim (Series Edited)
Rashid Khalidi (Series Edited)
Michael C. Hudson (Series Edited)
Serif Mardin (Series Edited)
Basim Musallam (Series Edited)
Walid Kazziha (Series Edited)
Edmund Burke (Series Edited)
Roger Owen (Series Edited)



ISBN: 9780521894333


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A fascinating history of modern Egypt's leading educational institution.

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.


ISBN 521894336
ISBN13 9780521894333
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Format Paperback
Publication date 04/07/2002
Pages 316
Weight (grammes) 470
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 228
Width (mm) 152

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
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