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Egypt's Liberal Experiment, 1922-1936
Egypt's Liberal Experiment, 1922-1936
By Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid-Marsot
University of California Press, 1977, 288 pp

An illuminating history of Egypt in the era of semi-independence, nascent liberal political institutions, and rising nationalism. The author, combining careful research with personal knowledge of Egypt's leading families of the time, draws a fine portrait of Saad Zaghlul and his era and throws new light on the triangular relations of the British, the King, and the Wafd. Her overall conclusions on the period are surprisingly positive.