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    DescriptionConflicted Antiquities is a rich cultural history of European and Egyptian interest in ancient Egypt and its material culture, from the early nineteenth century until the mid-twentieth. Consulting the relevant Arabic archives, Elliott Colla demonstrates that the emergence of Egyptology - the study of ancient Egypt and its material legacy - was as consequential for modern Egyptians as it was for Europeans. The values and practices introduced by the new science of archaeology played a key role in the formation of a new colonial regime in Egypt. This fact was not lost on Egyptian nationalists, who challenged colonial archaeologists with the claim that they were the direct heirs of the Pharaohs, and therefore the rightful owners and administrators of ancient Egypt's material remains. As this dispute developed, nationalists invented the political and expressive culture of "Pharaonism" - Egypt's response to Europe's Egyptomania. In the process, a significant body of modern, Pharaonist poetry, sculpture, architecture, and film was created by artists and authors who looked to the ancient past for inspiration. Colla draws on medieval and modern Arabic poetry, novels, and travel accounts; British and French travel writing; the history of archaeology; and the history of European and Egyptian museums and exhibits. The struggle over the ownership of Pharaonic Egypt did not simply pit Egyptian nationalists against European colonial administrators. Egyptian elites found arguments about the appreciation and preservation of ancient objects useful for exerting new forms of control over rural populations and for mobilizing new political parties. Finally, just as the political and expressive culture of Pharaonism proved critical to the formation of new concepts of nationalist identity, it also fueled Islamist opposition to the Egyptian state.


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    Title
    Conflicted Antiquities
    Subtitle
    Egyptology, Egyptomania, Egyptian Modernity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Elliott Colla
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 360
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780822339922
    ISBN 10: 0822339927
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    LC classification: DT60 .C634 2007
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    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1D, 1HBE
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3C-AA-E
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, figures
    Publisher
    Duke University Press
    Imprint name
    Duke University Press
    Publication date
    25 January 2008
    Publication City/Country
    North Carolina
    Author Information
    Elliott Colla is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University.
    Review quote
    "Conflicted Antiquities is superb, the definitive work on the place of ancient Egypt in the imaginations and politics of Europe and Egypt. Elliott Colla presents translations and analyses of Arabic literature not previously available, and he brings together for the first time European and modern Egyptian appropriations of and discourses on ancient Egypt. The range of materials that he analyzes is astounding and rich; the footnotes alone are worth the price of the book." -- Lila Abu-Lughod, author of Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt "Written in an engaging, thoughtful, and provocative style, Conflicted Antiquities provides a unique perspective on the 'consumption' of ancient Egypt. What makes it distinctive is Elliott Colla's focus on Egyptian readings of the ancient past, an area which has been greatly neglected. Colla has much that is fresh and new to contribute, especially since the resources on which he draws are not widely known nor easy to get hold of."-- Stephanie Moser, author of Wondrous Curiosities: Ancient Egypt at the British Museum "The history of the archaeology of ancient Egypt is fairly straightforward, one might think, but, as this excellent thought-provoking book reveals it is far more complex than that...This book shows that the study of ancient Egypt and its material legacy was as important and as consequential for modern Egyptians as it was for Europeans. It is a fascinating and enlightening story." Robert B. Partridge, Ancient Egypt. The History, People and Culture of the Nile Valley, Vol. 9, Issue 49, August/September 2008
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    "Written in an engaging, thoughtful, and provocative style, "Conflicted Antiquities" provides a unique perspective on the 'consumption' of ancient Egypt. What makes it distinctive is Elliott Colla's focus on Egyptian readings of the ancient past, an area which has been greatly neglected. Colla has much that is fresh and new to contribute, especially since the resources on which he draws are not widely known nor easy to get hold of."-- Stephanie Moser, author of "Wondrous Curiosities: Ancient Egypt at the British Museum"