"An excellent and original book. Fahmy deconstructs commonly held assumptions regarding the formation of nationalism, particularly in its early stages. Its contribution to the field is indispensable." - Israel Gershoni, Tel Aviv University "Ziad Fahmy's Ordinary Egyptians offers a compelling alternative to an existing historiogrpahy that has mostly explored Egyptian nationalism from the vantage of elite culture." - Aaron Jakes, Arab Studies Journal "[Fahmy's book] provides a model for creative but very solid historical studies. Fahmy asks an important question: What role did popular culture play in the formation of the modern Egyptian nation? He plunges into very real controversies over the vernacular versus literary Arabic and makes a clear and persuasive, though inevitably controversial case for that incredibly supple and quite beautiful Egyptian spoken dialect." - Raymond William Baker, Middle East Journal "Fahmy's work is a well-written and compelling argument to expand our thinking on the formation of Egyptian nationalism. By looking at new sources, found in the written and spoken colloquial Egyptian of everyday Egyptians, Fahmy has greatly added to the historiography of this topic. The author also shows that we must move beyond our Western European-centric notions of linguistic cultural nationalism if we are to wholly understand the formation of nationalism in the Arab world." - Kelly M. McFarland, Washington Independent Review of Books "This is truly an excellent and original book. Fahmy deconstructs commonly held assumptions regarding the formation of nationalism, particularly in its early stages, providing a thought-provoking contribution to our understanding of how agents propelled the formation of nationalism in Egypt in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Its contribution to the field is indispensable." - Israel Gershoni, Tel Aviv University
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Ziad Fahmy is Assistant Professor of Modern Middle East History at Cornell University.