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By Juan Ricardo Cole

During this ebook Juan R. I. Cole demanding situations conventional elite-centered conceptions of the clash that ended in the British career of Egypt in September 1882. For a yr sooner than the British intervened, Egypt's viceregal executive and the country's influential eu group were locked in a fight with the nationalist supporters of normal Ahmad al-`Urabi. even if such a lot Western observers nonetheless see the `Urabi move as a "revolt" of junior army officials with merely constrained help one of the Egyptian humans, Cole keeps that it used to be a generally dependent social revolution infrequently underway whilst it used to be bring to an end by way of the British. whereas arguing this clean viewpoint, he additionally proposes a concept of revolutions opposed to casual or neocolonial empires, drawing parallels among Egypt in 1882, the Boxer uprising in China, and the Islamic Revolution in sleek Iran. In an intensive exam of the altering Egyptian political tradition from 1858 in the course of the `Urabi episode, Cole indicates how a variety of social strata--urban guilds, the intelligentsia, and village notables--became "revolutionary." Addressing matters raised via such students as Barrington Moore and Theda Skocpol, his e-book combines 4 complementary techniques: social constitution and its socioeconomic context, association, ideology, and the ways that unforeseen conjunctures of occasions support force a revolution.

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The sultan cut a secular figure of steppe authority, balanced on the two supports of battlefield victories and his legislating role rooted in Turkic and Mongolian tribal custom. This sort of authority contrasted with that attributed to the Islamic ruler by classical Islamic theorists, who saw the early caliphs as having combined in their persons both spiritual and temporal power. The caliphs thereafter lost temporal power to emirs and sultans, and a dual authority structure emerged. In the last representative of this sort of state, the Mamluk sultans ruled over the temporal sphere, and maintained a successor to the Abbasid caliphs as a spiritual figure.

He said that the Mongols exe- FOUNDATIONS OF THE OLD REGIME 27 cuted the last caliph in Baghdad in the thirteenth century. The Mamluks brought a nominal (suri) caliphate to Egypt, but it died out soon after the Ottoman conquest of 1517. Now, ad-Damanhuri said, only the sultanate and the vizierate continued as living institutions. 6 Ad-Damanhuri’s frank dismissal of the Mamluksponsored caliphate as a mere formality, and his acceptance of a secular sultanate as better than medieval caliphates such as that of the Abbasids, attest the degree to which even Egyptian ulama acquiesced in the triumph of the steppe within the realm of Islam.

Many, but by no means all of the great landlords later dropped out of the reformist coalition, and one reason for their doing so was that the reformists threatened their coexistence with the European wing of the dual elite. The hard-line opposition of the Europeans, moreover, caused most of the crises that led the other social forces to create a state and to gain the allegiance of the army, and it seems unlikely that either the khedive or the great landlords around him could have themselves defeated the revolutionaries.

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