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Arab PatriotismThe Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt$
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Adam Mestyan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691172644

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691172644.001.0001

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Constitutionalism and Revolution: The Arab Opera

Constitutionalism and Revolution: The Arab Opera

(p.164) Chapter 5 Constitutionalism and Revolution: The Arab Opera
Arab Patriotism

Adam Mestyan

Princeton University Press

This chapter, instead of a linear progress to revolution, highlights two traits: the return of Egypt's Ottoman attachment in public texts and the relationship of intellectuals to power. The Egyptian army's intervention into the affairs of governance made it possible to formulate national images in which the khedive no longer figured. This change symbolizes a break in ideology, or, in the learned imagination about the army, since legally the khedive remained the leader of the army but his loss of control had already been expressed on the Arabic stage. This was an unprecedented development: a radical change in the realm of ideas before the actual revolt. Through the intersection of patriotism and theater, the chapter then explores how revolutionary culture informed the forgotten origins of Egyptian stardom.

Keywords:   revolution, Egypt, Egyptian army, khedive, Arabic stage, patriotism, Arabic theater, revolutionary culture, Egyptian stardom

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