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On Time: Technology and Temporality in Modern Egypt
by on Barak
In this pioneering history of transportation and communication in the modern Middle East, On Barak argues that contrary to accepted wisdom technological modernity in Egypt did not drive a sense of time focused on standardization only. Surprisingly, the introduction of the steamer, railway, telegraph, tramway, and telephone in colonial Egypt actually triggered the ...more
Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Published July 19th 2013 by University of California Press
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Interesting book that looks at how technologies such as watches, the Gregorian calendar, trains and trams affected conceptions of time in Egypt. The author looks at how these technologies were bound up with European capitalism and Eurocentric notions of time and productivity, and how in relation to these Egyptians were constructed as lazy, late, and so on. The author could have pushed much further in many places, however, given the extensive critiques that have been made by other postcolonial ...more