The transformation of the Egyptian elite: prelude to the ‘Urabi Revolt

The aim of this essay is to delineate more clearly certain aspects of Egypt’s first modern revolution, the one termed conventionally, but not with total accuracy, the ‘Urabi Revolt. The author shows that the multiple leadership of that revolt, representing a temporary alliance among the landlords, the constitutionalists and the civil and junior army officers of the Egyptian state, had emerged during the preceding decades of the 19th century as a result of significant forces of change which affected the Egyptian social scene both structurally and institutionally. Assuming that the differences in composition and the changing bases of power of the new elite were important in shaping a course of action compatible with the aspirations of a modern elite or perhaps of modern society itself, these aspects of the Egyptian social scene as it had evolved by the 1870s, are investigated. Notes.

Title: The transformation of the Egyptian elite: prelude to the ‘Urabi Revolt
Author: Abu-Lughod, Ibrahim
Year: 1967
Periodical: Middle East Journal (ISSN 0026-3141)
Volume: 21
Issue: 3
Pages: 325-344
Language: English
Geographic term: Egypt
External link: http://search.proquest.com/pao/docview/1290704059
Abstract: The aim of this essay is to delineate more clearly certain aspects of Egypt’s first modern revolution, the one termed conventionally, but not with total accuracy, the ‘Urabi Revolt. The author shows that the multiple leadership of that revolt, representing a temporary alliance among the landlords, the constitutionalists and the civil and junior army officers of the Egyptian state, had emerged during the preceding decades of the 19th century as a result of significant forces of change which affected the Egyptian social scene both structurally and institutionally. Assuming that the differences in composition and the changing bases of power of the new elite were important in shaping a course of action compatible with the aspirations of a modern elite or perhaps of modern society itself, these aspects of the Egyptian social scene as it had evolved by the 1870s, are investigated. Notes.