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 generally. Eve M. Troutt Powell demanding situations many approved tenets of the binary dating among eu empires and non-European colonies via interpreting the triangle of colonialism marked via nice Britain, Egypt, and the Sudan. She demonstrates how crucial the difficulty of the Sudan used to be 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 circulation. a distinct colour of Colonialism enriches our realizing of 19th- and twentieth-century Egyptian attitudes towards slavery and race and expands our point of view of the "colonized colonizer."
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Charting His Own Map: Muhammad al-Tunisï and the Experience of Travel No man can enter this island without being punished for his rashness; and even the circumstance of your shipwreck should not screen you from my resentment, if I did not love you. Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Telemachus Därfür was in a strange and complicated way a homeland for Muhammad ibn `Umar al-Tunisï, but the physical act of voyaging there across the frightening expanse of darb al-arba`ïn caused Muhammad to experience himself as a foreigner for the first time.
After the dramatic encounter in the market of Numliyya, he charted, with the yardsticks of customs, skin color, and sexual mores, which tribes he encountered belonged to the more civilized Därfür (those acknowledging Sultan Muhammad alFadl as ruler) and which were beyond the pale of civilization. Civilization existed where the honor code was similar to al-Tunisï’s, where he felt less like a foreigner. If race is one marker of cultural difference and boundaries, then women are the signposts of civilization in al-Tunisï’s account.
Travel narratives, too, delineated Africa, and these literary mappings joined with cartography. As J. B. Harley writes, “So the surveyor, whether conscious or otherwise, replicates not just the ‘environment’ in some abstract sense but equally the territorial imperatives of a particular political system. ”3 As these maps described the Sudan in increasingly precise detail, so too did their creators chart a more defined map of Egypt geographically, politically, and culturally. The process of conquering and studying the Sudan would create among Egyptians, by the last quarter of the century, a much stronger sense of the state and nation—of what Egypt meant.