Item description for All the Pashas Men: Mehmed Ali His Army and the Making of Modern Egypt by Khaled Fahmy...
While scholarship has traditionally viewed Mehmed Ali Pasha as the founder of modern Egypt, Khaled Fahmy offers a new interpretation of his role in the rise of Egyptian nationalism, firmly locating him within the Ottoman context as an ambitious, if problematic, Ottoman reformer. Basing his work on previously neglected archival material, the author demonstrates how Mehmed Ali sought to develop the Egyptian economy and to build up the army, not as a means of gaining Egyptian independence from the Ottoman empire, but to further his own ambitions for recognized hereditary rule over the province. By focusing on the army and the soldier's daily experiences, the author constructs a detailed picture of attempts at modernization and reform, how they were planned and implemented by various reformers, and how the public at large understood and accommodated them. In this way, the work contributes to the larger methodological and theoretical debates concerning nation-building and the construction of state power in the particular context of early nineteenth-century Egypt.
Book Description Khaled Fahmy offers a new interpretation of modern Egyptian history and the rise of Egyptian nationalism in a theoretically informed study.Basing his work on previously neglected archival material, the author demonstrates how Mehmed Ali built up the Egyptian army to further his own ambitions rather than as a means of gaining Egyptian independence. In this way, the book challenges traditionally held views about early nineteenth-century Egypt and the role of Mehmed Ali as the founder of modern Egypt. The book will be essential reading for students of the Middle East, Ottomanists, military historians and those interested in the construction of the modern nation state.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2002
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774246969 ISBN13 9789774246968
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More About Khaled Fahmy
Khaled Fahmy is associate professor of modern Middle Eastern history in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. He is the author of numerous studies on the social and cultural history of nineteenth-century Egypt.
Khaled Fahmy currently resides in New York. Khaled Fahmy has an academic affiliation as follows - Princeton University, New Jersey, New York University, New York New Y.
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Well researched and well written Jun 13, 2004
This book presents a well researched alternative to the usual 'nationalist' view of Mohamed Ali as the founder of the modern Egyptian state. While not arguing the undeniable modernizing influence of Ali's reforms, the author argues convincingly that his motives were dynastic as opposed to nationalistic.
A must read for either Egyptian, Ottoman or military history buffs.