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An Incurable PastNasser's Egypt Then and Now$
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Meriam N. Belli

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044040

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044040.001.0001

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An Incurable Past

Mériam N. Belli

University Press of Florida

This chapter tests the limits of institutional hegemony over public historical narratives by examining present pedagogical practices, social studies, and social studies curricula published in the fifty years between 1948 and 1998〈n〉2000. It shows that schools and textbooks in Egypt have little effect on the construction of a “national memory.” Pedagogical practices and public schools indeed generate historical ignorance about the nation’s past, particularly the post-1952 period. The school system contributes to reinforcing social inequalities despite ideological promises of emancipation that date from the 1950s.

Keywords:   civic education, Nasser, national memory, politics of memory, school, social inequality, textbooks, women

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