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