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“Napoleon in Egypt” Arab Chronicle of French 1798 Occupation Cairo Mamluk Battle

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Seller: ancientgifts (4,181) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381850707563 Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Napoleon in Egypt: Chronicle of the French Occupation, 1798, by Al-Jabarti Introduction by Robert L. Tignor, Translation by Shmuel Moreh. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 186 pages. Publisher: Markus Wiener Publishers; (2003). The book is an Arab view of a turning point in modern history. Napoleon's conquest of Egypt in 1798 was the first contact between an imperial Western power and an ancient regime of an African society. Shaykh Al-Jabarti's chronicle is a unique combination of historical narration and reflection combined with daily observations about the atmosphere in Cairo and the mood among the local population. Al-Jabarti resents the French invasion, ridicules France's claim to be a defender of the faith, rejects its belief in liberty and equality, and despises its lack of morality and personal hygiene, yet he applauds the efficiency and technical and scholarly abilities of the French. There was much he admired in these "uncouth barbarians" who even had a translation of the Koran in their luggage. The French view of the events, described by Napoleon's secretary Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne, and the reproduction of outstanding drawings by engineers, artists, and scholars who accompanied the invading army provide a full spectrum of the European preoccupation with Egypt. The resulting "Orientalism" as defined by Edward W. Said clashes with the Arab view represented by Al-Jabarti. Abd al Tahman Al-Jabarti (1754-1825 A.D.) was a renowned Arab historian and writer. Shmuel Moreh of the Hebrew University, one of the world's leading experts on Arab literature, edited and translated Al-Jabarti's "Chronicle" into English. Robert L. Tignor, Princeton University, author of several books on Egypt and Africa, provides an introduction describing the historical background of the "Chronicle". Edward W. Said, Columbia University, author of "Culture and Imperialism" and many other books, puts the events into a critical, cultural perspective. CONDITION: NEW. New oversized softcover. Markus Wiener (1993) 186 pages. Unblemished except that the upper open corner of the back cover appears to have gotten tangled up with another book (probably caught the adjacent book on the book shelf when being inserted between two books); with the consequence that the upper back open corner shows a slight (very slight) crumple mark, as do the last dozen or so pages in the book. Notwithstanding this merely superficial and cosmetic blemish, the book is perfect; pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, (otherwise) unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. The overall condition of the book is entirely consistent with new stock from a bookstore environment wherein new books might show minor signs of shelfwear (or "shopwear) consequence of simply being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1818c. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: This reprint of a 1993 edition of a useful resource on the French occupation of Egypt contains an historical introduction by Robert L. Tignor (history, Princeton U.); Al-Jabarti's 1798 first-hand account; a French first-hand account excerpted from the memoirs of Napoleon's private secretary, Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne; and an excerpt from Edward W. Said's Orientalism. Edward W. Said, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, is author of numerous books, including "Beginnings: Intention and Method", "Covering Islam", "The World", "Text and the Critic", and "Culture and Imperialism", as well as numerous articles. Robert L. Tignor, Professor of History at Princeton University, is an associate editor of "World Politics", and member of the editorial board of the "International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies". He is the author of five books, including "Egypt and Sudan", "The Colonial Transformation of Kenya", "The Kamba", "Kikuyu & Maasai from 1900-1939", and "State, Private Enterprise and Economic Change in Egypt, 1918-1952", as well as numerous articles. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Superlative translation, excellent commentaries, witty illustrations, exactly the right length for classroom use, and inexpensive to boot. REVIEW: A most interesting and moving account of an eyewitness. REVIEW: Al-Jabartis work is a treasure house. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: We have a lot of histories of Napoleon in Egypt. Even more of the naval battle where Nelson came in. Here is a view of the invasion of Egypt left from the Egyptian side. His comments are rather surprising. It was very clear that the French military machine was vastly superior to the military forces then in Egypt. The French knowledge, science, technology was likewise admired by Al-Jabarti. On the other hand their claim to be the defender of the faith is obviously ridiculous, even though they did have a translation of the Koran. This particular edition of the book has been expanded in honor of Al-Jabarti's 250th birthday. The translation is by Shmuel Moreh of the Hebrew University, and Robert L. Tignor provides an introduction giving an overview of the events. REVIEW: The Chronicle of Al-Jabarti is an account of the first six months of Napoleon' s invasion and occupation of Egypt 1798. Sheikh 'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Jabarti was an astronomer at Al-Azhar. As a member of the 'Ulama, Napoleon appointed him to the Diwan, or Grand Council, through which the French had hoped to govern Egypt. This allowed Al-Jabarti to compile a detailed chronicle of the French organization of administrative matters, the battles and the flight of the Mamluks to Upper Egypt and the Revolt of Cairo. Al-Jabarti left a valuable record of his impressions of the French in terms of their character and learning. With the possible exception of the very protracted Spanish Reconquista which ended with the fall of Granada in 1492, it had not been since the Crusades that a 'Western' power had attempted an invasion of a Muslim land on the scale and scope of Napoleon. The French General had also brought to Egypt an army of scholars from L' Academie whose purpose it was to study and record all possible aspects of interest, while also showing off European science and learning. Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne (Napoleon's private secretary) included in his Memoirs a brief account of the invasion of Egypt. A reading of both The Chronicle and the Memoirs provides an interesting insight as to how the Arabs and the French saw each other. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. 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