By Eve M. Troutt Powell
This incisive learn provides a brand new size to discussions of Egypt's nationalist reaction to the phenomenon of colonialism in addition to to discussions of colonialism and nationalism regularly. Eve M. Troutt Powell demanding situations many accredited tenets of the binary dating among eu empires and non-European colonies by way of studying the triangle of colonialism marked through nice Britain, Egypt, and the Sudan. She demonstrates how important the problem of the Sudan was once to Egyptian nationalism and highlights the deep ambivalence in Egyptian attitudes towards empire and the ensuing ambiguities and paradoxes that have been an integral part of the nationalist circulate. a unique color of Colonialism enriches our figuring out of 19th- and twentieth-century Egyptian attitudes towards slavery and race and expands our viewpoint of the "colonized colonizer."
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But Egypt’s long-held and tenuous position as a province of the Ottoman Empire makes it difficult to define Egyptian expansionism under Muhammad `Alï. While it is easy to identify and date all of Muhammad `Alï’s expansionist expeditions (to the Hijaz, 1811–1818; the Sudan, 1820–1822; the Morea, 1824–1827; and Syria, 1831–1840), many scholars of Egyptian history are much more ambivalent about the nature of these conquests, especially with regard to the Sudan. Part of the ambiguity stems from what many scholars consider the changing nature of Egypt’s own national identity that, in turn, altered the shape of its expansionism.
This is a moral geography, with a topography defined by skin color, sexual behavior, and religious practices. For instance, Muhammad al-Tunisï includes a map in Tashhïdh al-adhhän to help his readers see where the different tribes of Därfür were located, along with a code for interpreting that map: I know that the more cultivated, populated part of the northern country is the region of the Bartï and the Zaghawa, due to their sheer numbers. And notice the wisdom of God: the two tribes live on one land, but the Bartï are purer of heart and prettier of face, with more beautiful women: the Zaghawa are the opposite.
27 These fruits of invasion seem not to have dignified it, even for Sabry. Other historians incorporate a different kind of equivocation in their studies of Muhammad `Alï. ”29 But Lawson’s descriptions of these campaigns inexplicably exclude the Sudan. What follows his interesting analysis of the first Egyptian campaign into the Hijaz is an exploration of the expeditions into the Aegean, with hardly any mention of the invasion of the Sudan that occurred between the two. ” Is such an omission historically defensible?