Nurturing the Nation: The Family Politics of Modernizing,


Nurturing the Nation: The Family Politics of Modernizing, Colonizing, and Liberating Egypt, 1805-1923 [Download] ➹ Nurturing the Nation: The Family Politics of Modernizing, Colonizing, and Liberating Egypt, 1805-1923 ➾ Lisa Pollard – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Focusing on gender and the family this erudite and innovative history reconsiders the origins of Egyptian nationalism and the revolution of 1919 by linking social changes in class and household struct Focusing Nation: The Family Politics eBook ë on gender and the family this Nation: The PDF/EPUB ç erudite and innovative history reconsiders the origins of Egyptian nationalism and the revolution of by linking social changes in class and household structure to the politics of engagement with British colonial rule Lisa Pollard deftly Nurturing the PDF/EPUB or argues that the Egyptian state's modernizing projects in the nineteenth century reinforced ideals of monogamy and bourgeois domesticity among Egypt's elite classes and connected those ideals with political and economic success At the same time the British used domestic and the Nation: The Family Politics MOBI :Ê personal practices such as the Nation: The eBook ✓ polygamy the harem and the veiling of women to claim that the ruling classes had become corrupt and therefore to legitimize an open ended tenure for themselves in Egypt To rid themselves of British rule bourgeois Egyptian nationalists constructed a familial political culture that the Nation: The Family Politics MOBI :Ê trained new generations of nationalists and used them to demonstrate to the British that it was time for the occupation to end That culture was put to use in the Egyptian revolution in which the reformed bourgeois family was exhibited as the standard for modern Egypt.


10 thoughts on “Nurturing the Nation: The Family Politics of Modernizing, Colonizing, and Liberating Egypt, 1805-1923

  1. Sara Razek Sara Razek says:

    Pollard uses family and gender as her analytical tools to trace how the British justified their occupation of Egypt in 1882 claiming that Egyptians had to be weaned off their ‘backward’ practices of polygamy and female veiling and seclusion first before they were granted self rule The irony is that with the advent of the British the budget allocated for education plummeted to reach 1% during Cromer’s tenure forcing many of the primary and girls’ schools that were inaugurated under Ismail to shutdown Hence Egyptian nationalism at the turn of the twentieth century was couched in the language of domestic ‘reform’ especially through the education of women and the application of the language of science to the management of the household While women were seeking to capitalize on the improvements they made in education and their increasing involvement in the nationalist struggle especially during the 1919 Revolution male bourgeois nationalists had no intention of satisfying women’s growing aspirations for political participation In the words of Pollard “the link between the body familial and body politic” only entailed that women nurture the nation from the domestic realm by ensuring the ‘proper’ upbringing of nationalist subjects Since the creation of ‘modern’ nationalists was dependent on the presence of the mother’s figure at home bourgeois nationalists argued that women’s desertion of the domestic sphere meant the collapse of the whole project for independence


  2. Dan Gorman Dan Gorman says:

    The British officially occupied Egypt beginning in 1882 Egypt was a protectorate; the British tried to transform Egyptian society without a full colonization as in India British missionaries and other reformers much as they thought about Indians felt the Egyptians needed social reform Pollard contends that the traditional families of Egyptian Muslims began to change even before the occupation began which would reach back into the years when Britain first intervened in Egypt and began lobbying against slavery – a topic Diane Robinson Dunn tackled in her 2008 book The Harem Slavery and British Imperial Culture Egyptian reformers saw Victorian style monogamous families as a path to modernization and national strength Yet Pollard does not treat this embrace of Western family structure as a simple rejection of traditional Islam; Weberian modernization theory is not at work here Rather Pollard argues that Egyptians were analyzing Islam and based on their analysis choosing to embrace the Western family model Pollard writes that both Muslim and secular reformers “tended to argue that the position of women in Islamic societies in general and Egyptian society in particular had decayed but could be restored through a careful interrogation of the past” 6 This argument shows how Islam not just Western values shaped Egyptian reformers’ notions of social change and Pollard goes further to include both men and women in the debate Ultimately by the time of the 1919 Egyptian revolution Egyptians saw the household with the Victorian style monogamous family included as a central defining element of Egyptian politics Pollard therefore shows how Egyptians embedded the Victorian family structure within Islamic and Egyptian values so that the Victorian family became an Egyptian family This is Egypt absorbing part of the West in acculturation yet the Egyptian identity endures Fascinating stuff


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