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Labib Habachi, Egypt's most perceptive and productive Egyptologist, was marginalized for most of his career, only belatedly receiving international recognition for his major contributions to the field. In Labib Habachi: The Life and Legacy of an Egyptologist, Jill Kamil presents not only a long-overdue biography of this important scholar, but a survey of Egyptian archaeology in the twentieth century in which Habachi's work is measured against that of his best-known contemporaries - among them Selim Hassan, Ahmed Fakhry, Abdel Moneim Abu Bakr, and Gamal Mokhtar. The account of Habachi's major discovery, the Sanctuary of Heqaib on Elephantine in 1946, was shelved by Egypt's Antiquities Department for thirty years. When it was finally released for publication, it became the subject of a heated controversy between Habachi and a western scholar that was never resolved. To construct her picture of Labib Habachi, Jill Kamil draws on a wide range of sources, including a long personal acquaintance with the subject. Tracing the arc of Habachi's career, Kamil sets his life's work in its full context, providing a valuable perspective on the development of Egyptian Egyptology and the sometimes fraught relationship between Egypt's scholars and the western archaeological establishment. In this fresh look at Habachi's contributions to Egyptology are examples of academic and social elitism, rivalries between scholars, cultural arrogance, and discrimination. Offering new insights into the issues and tensions that have shaped the modern discipline of Egyptology, Labib Habachi: The Life and Legacy of an Egyptologist recounts the life story of a pre-eminent scholar of Egypt's ancient past.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 5.8" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Release Date Aug 20, 2007
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774160614 ISBN13 9789774160615
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More About Jill Kamil
Jill Kamil is the author of Christianity in the Land of the Pharaohs: The Coptic Orthodox Church and numerous guidebooks to Egypt??'s pharaonic and Christian antiquities. She is the heritage editor of Al-Ahram Weekly, Cairo??'s leading English-language newspaper. Resident in Egypt since 1956, she studied Egyptology under Abdel Moneim Abu Bakr and field archaeology under the guidance of Labib Habachi.