Napoleon in Egypt: Al-Jabarti’s Chronicle of the French Occupation of 1798 (Expanded Edition)

Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt in 1798 was the first contact between a Western power with imperial goals and an ancient regime of an African society. Sheik Al-Jabarti’s chronicle is a unique combination of historical narration and reflection combined with daily observations about the atmosphere in Cairo and the mood among the local population.

The book is an Arab view of a turning point in modern history. This expanded edition celebrates the 250th anniversary of Al-Jabarti’s birth. The French view of these events is described by Napoleon’s secretary; Edward W. Said, Columbia University, provides a stinging critique of French preoccupation with Egypt and the resulting cultural “Orientalism”; Robert Tignor (Princeton University) provides a scintillating introduction. An additional chapter by editor Shmuel Moreh examines the Arabic interpretation of Al-Jabarti’s writings. Illustrated.

Abd al Rahman Al-Jabarti, author, (1754–1825) was a renowned Arab historian and writer, best-known for his History of Egypt (also available from Markus Wiener).

Shmuel Moreh, editor, (Hebrew University) is one of the world’s leading experts on Arab literature. He is co-editor of Book of Strangers: Medieval Arabic Graffiti on the Theme of Nostalgiaalso available from Markus Wiener.