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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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Distinction and Patriotism: Muṣṭafā Kāmil and the Making of an Arab Prince

Distinction and Patriotism: Muṣṭafā Kāmil and the Making of an Arab Prince

(p.268) Chapter 8 Distinction and Patriotism: Muṣṭafā Kāmil and the Making of an Arab Prince
Arab Patriotism

Adam Mestyan

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the peak and end of Arab patriotism in Ottoman Egypt. The sudden death of Tevfik in 1892 helped to complete the restoration of khedivial legitimacy. However, patriotic intellectuals retained an uneasy relationship with khedivial authority. The symbolic figure of this relationship was Muṣṭafā Kāmil who was to become the first Egyptian nationalist politician. His entrance into politics defines the end of patriotism and opens a contested era of anticolonial nationalism. The early 1890s was also characterized by a theatrical boom in Arabic. Plays were translated and composed in Arabic, which challenged public norms and textual standards. There were more private stages, and the first theater building in Cairo was also built for performances exclusively in Arabic. Moreover, female writers appeared not only as playwrights but also as critics in journals.

Keywords:   Arab patriotism, Ottoman Egypt, khedivial legitimacy, khedivial authority, Muṣṭafā Kāmil, anticolonial nationalism, Arabic theater

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