Al-Jabarti and his view on the French occupation of Egypt have often been at the . French revolutionary army led by Bonaparte was sent to Egypt by the regime. Napoleon in Egypt has 91 ratings and 11 reviews. peiman-mir5 said: دوستانِ Sheik Al-Jabarti’s chronicle is a unique combination of historical narration and. Napoleon in Egypt: Al-Jabarti’s Chronicle of the French Occupa tion, By Abd al-Rahman al-Jabarti. Translated by. Shmuel Moreh. Introduction by Robert L.

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Books by Abd al-Rahman al-Jabarti. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The translation is fantastic, and included in the book is an account of Napoleon’s private secretary, a great introduction, and an essay by Edward Said, all of which are very stimulating. Muhammad bin Ali Rawandi. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. rgypt

History has repeated itself again and again since that first moment French ships landed on the shores of lateth century Egypt. Originally written for Middle East and Europe in March of I only read this book for my history class. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Part of this I feel is the Western habit of disregarding societal complaints made by jabarit, especially Muslims.

Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt in was the first contact between a Western power with imperial goals and an ancient regime of an African society.

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Primary source on French Colonialism in Egypt, written by an Egyptian witness to the event. One thing that comes across in this account is the absence of the inferiority complex which the East now feel This is one of those rare glimpses into the experience of colonialism from the side of the colonized.

Feb 08, Murtaza rated it really liked it. An example can be seen when Al-Jabarti is critici Despite Al-Jabarti’s ubiquitous elitism the poor are almost unanimously “rabble” or “riff-raff” or “mobs” and other derogatory terms, although this may be partially the result of translationhe is very humorous and presents a very lucid description of the complexities and dynamics involved in Napolean’s conquest of Egypt.

Events centered on the impositions of various taxes and fees on the Egyptian peopleas recorded by Al-Jabartiserve as the epitome of the malcontent that the local citizenry contained towards the Frenchas well as a catalyst for the Cairo revolt. Al-Jabarti’s father was a Hanafi religious scholar and served as the director of the al-Jabarti residence hall for students at al-Azhar University, a titile al-Jabarti inherited following his father’s death in The actions of the French towards the Egyptian population from the point of the invasion all throughout their occupation are consistently demeaning and illustrative of a position of power over the Egyptian people; the position of power that the French hold over the Egyptian people is indicative that they were a conquering force.


There were times I literally laughed out loud at Jabarati’s comments, even if he may have not intended them to be humorous. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. An additional chapter by editor Shmuel Moreh examines the Arabic interpretation of Al-Jabarti’s writings.

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About Abd al-Rahman al-Jabarti. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The ways in which Al-Jabarti depicts Napoleon and his French compatriots as conquerors includes a detailed analysis and severe critique of the Napoleonic proclamation, a gripping narrative of the reaction of the Egyptian people to the invasion and occupation of the French, and accurate recordings of the French demonstrating the power that French occupying force held over the inhabitants of Egypt.

A second tactic that Napoleon undertook in order to conjoin likeness with the Egyptian populace is the comparison of the French to the recently deposed Mamluk Beys. As it is said in Ecclesiastes, there is nothing new under the sun. Feb 10, Mary Wyman rated it it was ok.

The call to insubordination from the Ulama along with the various occurrences involving the assorted duties and fees that the French imposed would lead to the Revolt in Cairoa bloody uprising that lasted two days and would become the apex of the hatred directed towards the French.

Al-Jabarti was born into a prominent family of ulama [5] with ties to the Egyptian scholarly and political elite.

Then he proceeds to something even worse than thatmay God cast him into perditionwith his words: Still good, but very long and, personally, boring. Despite Jabarati sounding like a cranky old man, his account of Napoleon’s conquest is profoundly human, and he presents it as such an encounter. Subsequent to the invasion other instances of looting by the French take place to indicate the position of power they had over the current residents of Cairo. It’s not often that we get to see the perspective of the conquered people during a momentous period of time, and I found it fascinating at how detailed al-Janarti’s accounting of Napolean’s occupation of Egypt actually was.


Archived from the original PDF on Jan 15, Zachary Hudson rated it liked it. He clearly wasn’t fond of people making noises with their armpits.

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Finn rated it it was amazing Dec 21, An almost messianic yet self-interested focus on wiping out the old regime of the Mamluks read: Sheik Al-Jabarti’s chronicle is a unique combination ehypt historical narration and reflection combined with daily observations about the atmosphere in Cairo and the mood among napoloen local population.

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He was one of the first Muslims to realize the significance of the wave of modernity that accompanied the French occupation, and the gulf that existed between Western and Islamic knowledge “shocked him profoundly”. Bethany Fair rated it liked it Nov 25, This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat Bilal Shakir rated it it was ok Mar 03, Howeverthe proclamation as interpreted and viewed by Al-Jabarti is shown to be a poor attempt at appeasing the local populaceand a document spelling out the desire to colonize Egypt.