The Medieval Egyptian Homeland and Inhabitants: The Intelligentsia Speak

By Mustafa Abulhimal.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Euro-centric and modernity-centred political science assures us that nationalism in the Arab world, starting with Egypt, was a reaction to colonialism. This paper argues that studying the works of authors such as Jamāl al-Dīn al-Idrīsī (d. 1251), al- Maqrīzī (d. 1442) and Ibn Ẓahīra (d. 1483) helps uncover pre-modern origins for Egyptian nationalism. This paper will discuss 15th century discourses on the Egyptian nation, a nation with an old land and diverse people, which surpasses the old centres of Islamic culture, such as Baghdad, after close to a millennium of Islamic culture.

Keywords: Egypt, Nationalism, Islam, Mamluk History, Colonialism, Nation, Maqrizi (d.1442), Ibn Hajar (d.1448), Ibn Taghribirdi (d.1470), Sakhawi (d.1497), Suyuti (d.1505), Ibn Iyas (d.1522), Modern and Pre-modern

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 12, pp.81-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 736.488KB).

Mustafa Abulhimal

MA Candidate, MA in Muslim Cultures, Aga Khan University, London, UK

In addition to extensive traditional training in Arabic and Islamic Studies in Egypt, I hold a BA from al-Azhar University in philosophy and Kalam, and an MA in Medieval Egyptian History from The Aga Khan University in London. I have supervised and assisted many colleagues at the London School of Economic and the University of California, among others, in their doctoral research in a variety of areas in Islamic and modern history. I am currently a research fellow at the Quilliam Foundation in London.

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