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Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism: An Archive

Hala Halim

Abstract

Interrogating how Alexandria became enshrined as the exemplary cosmopolitan space in the Middle East, this book mounts a radical critique of Eurocentric conceptions of cosmopolitanism. The dominant account of Alexandrian cosmopolitanism is a colonial one that elevates things European in the city's culture and simultaneously places things Egyptian under the sign of decline. The book goes beyond this civilization/barbarism binary to trace articulations of intercultural solidarity. Halim presents an interdisciplinary comparative study of literary representations, addressing poetry, fiction, guide ... More

Keywords: Cosmopolitanism, Middle East, Alexandrianism, Eurocentrism, Orientalism, Anti-colonialism, Intercultural solidarity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823251766
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251766.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hala Halim, author
New York University