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Author Ahmed, Hussam R., author.

Title The last nahdawi : Taha Hussein and institution building in Egypt / Hussam R. Ahmed.

Publication Info. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2021]

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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 287 pages) : illustrations
text file
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Egyptian cultural expansionism : Taha Hussein confronts the French in North Africa -- Nahda goes to university : Taha Hussein and the mission of the private Egyptian university -- Democratizing education : Taha Hussein, institutions, and unstable parliamentary politics -- Democratizing the language : Taha Hussein and diversifying authority over classical Arabic -- Winds of change : Taha Hussein and the end of a political project.
Summary "Taha Hussein (1889-1973) is one of Egypt's most iconic figures. A graduate of al-Azhar, Egypt's oldest university, a civil servant and public intellectual, and ultimately Egyptian Minister of Public Instruction, Hussein was central to key social and political developments in Egypt during the parliamentary period between 1922 and 1952. Influential in the introduction of a new secular university and a burgeoning press in Egypt--and prominent in public debates over nationalism and the roles of religion, women, and education in making a modern independent nation--Hussein remains a subject of continued admiration and controversy to this day. The Last Nahdawi offers the first biography of Hussein in which his intellectual outlook and public career are taken equally seriously. Examining Hussein's actions against the backdrop of his complex relationship with the Egyptian state, the religious establishment, and the French government, Hussam R. Ahmed reveals modern Egypt's cultural influence in the Arab and Islamic world within the various structural changes and political processes of the parliamentary period. Ahmed offers both a history of modern state formation, revealing how the Egyptian state came to hold such a strong grip over culture and education--and a compelling examination of the life of the country's most renowned intellectual"-- Provided by publisher.
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Subject Ḥusayn, Ṭāhā, 1889-1973 -- Political and social views.
Ḥusayn, Ṭāhā, 1889-1973.
Political and social views.
Education ministers -- Egypt -- Biography.
Education ministers.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Subject Intellectuals -- Egypt -- Biography.
Education and state -- Egypt -- History -- 20th century.
Education and state.
Chronological Term 20th century
Subject Egypt -- Cultural policy -- History -- 20th century.
Cultural policy.
Egypt -- Politics and government -- 1919-1952.
Politics and government.
Chronological Term 1919-1952
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Ahmed, Hussam R.. The last nahdawi Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2021. 9781503615342 (DLC) 2021011024
ISBN 9781503627963 electronic book
1503627969 electronic book
9781503615342 hardcover
9781503627956 paperback