Fall 2021 - HIST 467 D100

Modern Egypt (4)

Class Number: 4365

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: Fri, 8:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine units of lower division history and one of HIST 151, 249, 350, 354, 355 or permission of the department.



An interpretive discussion of the course of modern Egyptian history. This may range from the advent to power of Muhammed Ali Pasha until recent times, or may focus on specific periods of revolutionary change.


Nasserism on Film

This course will introduce students to the most productive period in the history of Egyptian cinema, the 1950s and 1960s. The aim is to place the films of the period in their political and social contexts, tracing their development as responses to the Free Officers’ revolution of 1952 and Nasser’s subsequent rule of the country. The analysis will focus on images of village poverty, colonial violence, family discord, and the subjugation of women. Students will consider the possible links between these images and such state priorities as eradicating ‘backwardness’ and ‘superstition,’ pacifying the ‘social body,’ and consolidating ‘modern’ forms of subjectivity — among them, the companionate spouse, the productive worker, and the patriotic citizen. Given the uneven state of the literature and the limited availability of film prints, the course aims neither at comprehensiveness nor at theoretical or methodological uniformity.

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  • Presentation 30%
  • Term paper 50%
  • Class participation 20%



N.B. All texts will be available at no cost to students, through electronic editions available via the library website. Links to the texts will be provided on the course’s Canvas page.

  • Laura Bier, Revolutionary Womanhood: Feminisms, Modernity, and the State in Nasser’s Egypt (Stanford University Press, 2011).
  • Omar Khalifah, Nasser in the Egyptian Imaginary (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

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