History’s Currency: The Afterlife of al-Maqrizi’s Khitat


Thursday, October 22, 2020, 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

This lecture offers a reading of the stages of modernity in Egypt through a medieval lens. It explores how a leading urban history book, al-Maqrizi’s Khitat (written 1415-42), came to absorb and articulate the country’s encounters with colonialism, modernization, Orientalism, historical academicism, nationalism, pan-Arabism, and authoritarian capitalism.

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