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Narrating the Nile: Politics, Identities, Cultures

Israel Gershoni and Meir Hatina, editors
Narrating the Nile:  Politics, Identities, Cultures
ISBN: 978-1-58826-591-3
$30.00 $14.00
2008/275 pages/LC: 2008002567
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"Attractive and stimulating.... A unique and diverse array of useful insights and original perspectives."—Jay Spaulding, African Studies Review

"This superb collection of essays contains important new findings on the history of the Nile Valley."—Robert L. Tignor

DESCRIPTION

The authors of Narrating The Nile seek to encourage the study of Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia not only as autonomous entities, but also as part of the Nile region, a shared theater of experiences, national identities, and collective memories. Combining in-depth historical studies and broad interdisciplinary discussions, they provide fresh perspectives on the region's politics and cultures—and on the role the river has played in shaping them from early modern history to contemporary times.

The book is published in honor of Professor Haggai Erlich on the occasion of his retirement from Tel Aviv University.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Israel Gershoni is professor of Middle Eastern history at Tel Aviv University. His publications include Egypt, Islam and the Arabs: The Search for Egyptian Nationhood, 1900-1930 and Redefining the Egyptian Nation, 1930-1945 (both coauthored with James Jankowski) and Pyramid for the Nation: Commemoration, Memory and Nationalism in Twentieth-Century Egypt. Meir Hatina is lecturer in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is author of Islam and Salvation in Palestine: The Islamic Jihad Movement and Identity Politics in the Middle East: Liberal Discourse and Islamic Challenge in Egypt.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction—the Editors.
  • EGYPT AND ETHIOPIA: HISTORY AND REMEMBERING HISTORY.
  • The Closest Egyptian-Ethiopian Relationship: The Mamluk Sultanate—M. Winter.
  • Found in Translation: The Egyptian Impact on Ethiopian Christian Literature —S. Kaplan.
  • The Politics of Memory: Ahmad 'Urabi's Account of the War in Ethiopia, 1876—M. Hatina.
  • EGYPT AND SUDAN: UNITY AND NATIONAL SELF-DETERMINATION.
  • Swimming Against the Nationalist Current: The Egyptian Communists and the Unity of the Nile Valley—R. Ginat.
  • US Policies Toward the Unity of the Nile Valley, 1945-1952—J. Voll.
  • THE NILE VALLEY AND COLLECTIVE IDENTITIES.
  • At the Banks of the Euphrates and the Tigris: Egyptian Intellectuals in Iraq, 1919-1939—O. Bashkin.
  • River Blindness: Black and White Identity in Early Nasserist Cinema—J. Gordon.
  • Umm Kulthum at the American University in Cairo: A Study in the Clash of Christianities—H.J. Sharkey.
  • EGYPT, ETHIOPIA, AND SUDAN: DISSONANCE AND RAPPROCHEMENT.
  • Managing the Water of the Nile: Basis for Cooperation?—R. Collins.
  • Ethiopia and Sudan: Conflict and Cooperation in the Nile Valley—D.H. Shinn.
  • CONCLUSION.
  • Narrating the Nile—the Editors.