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Modernizing Marriage
Family, Ideology, and Law in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Egypt

Kenneth M. Cuno

Cloth $39.95s    |    978-0-8156-3392-1    |    2015

ebook 978-0-8156-5316-5

Winner of the 2015 Albert Hourani Book Award

"[Cuno’s] careful research and thoughtful analysis make Modernizing Marriage not only an essential read for scholars of Egyptian legal history and Egyptian women but also instructive for those exploring questions about the law, family, and global flows of influence in other times and places."—Journal of Social History

"Cuno makes a compelling case for a new narrative in Egyptian family history, one that links the fortunes of the family to the sweeping changes of the period and tells a nuanced story with full attention to the complexities of class difference, state interventions, and broad social change."—Judith Tucker, professor of history, Georgetown University

"Eagerly anticipated, Cuno’s Modernizing Marriage more than delivers on its promise. Drawing on compelling evidence and written with great clarity, the book details the dramatic changes marriage underwent in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Egypt. Anyone interested in the study of law, society, family, and gender must read this fascinating book."—Beth Baron, author of Egypt as a Woman: Nationalism, Gender, and Politics

"Modernizing Marriage takes up a fundamental question for political, social, legal, and cultural history: how did we become moderns? Using marriage as his lens, Cuno weaves together a remarkable account of this process within the Egyptian context of the long nineteenth century."—Wilson Chacko Jacob, author of Working Out Egypt: Effendi Masculinity and Subject Formation in Colonial Modernity, 1870–1940

"A compelling, original, and well-researched book that is poised to make significant contributions to the fields of family history, Islamic law, and comparative colonialism."—Nancy Y. Reynolds, author of A City Consumed: Urban Commerce, the Cairo Fire, and the Politics of Decolonization in Egypt

  Modernizing Marriage

  Kenneth M. Cuno is associate professor of history at the University of Illinois. He is the author of The Pasha’s Peasants: Land, Society, and Economy in Lower Egypt,1740–1858, coeditor of Family, Gender, and Law in a Globalizing Middle East and South Asia, and coeditor of Race and Slavery in the Middle East.

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