History Department
History Department

IHS Workshop: “Securing the Public Interest: Plurality, Freedom, and Exclusion in Egypt, 1900s–1950s,” by Jeffrey Culang, University of Texas at Austin

Mon, December 10, 2018 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

This chapter is part of a book manuscript entitled titled Moral Quandaries: Religion and Modern Law in Egypt. The manuscript explores the relationship between religion and the secularization of law in Egypt between the late 19th century and the mid-1930s, when Egypt gained relative sovereignty. It focuses on the translation of a modern legal-political vocabulary essential to the nation-state and how this vocabulary came to overlay and reconfigure a prior moral language. The present chapter uses Egypt’s Jewish minority as a case to analyze the modern concept “public interest” and its relationship to the Islamic notion of the common good. The other chapters deal with religious freedom, freedom of expression, nationality, and the minority.

Jeffrey Culang is an IHS Postdoctoral Fellow at UT Austin this year. He received his Ph.D. in history from the CUNY Graduate Center. He is currently completing his book manuscript entitled "Moral Quandaries: Religion and Modern Law in Egypt," and recently published an article entitled "'The Shari'a must go': Seduction, Moral Injury, and Religious Freedom in Egypt's Liberal Age" with the journal Comparative Studies in Society and History.

Read more about Dr. Culang and his work at:

Yoav Di-Capua
Associate Professor of History
University of Texas at Austin

Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email cmeador@austin.utexas.edu by 9 a.m., Friday, Dec. 7.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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