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Tourism: Egypt
(1,246 words)

In Egypt, tourism is a variation on the kinds of travel and cross-cultural transactions – colonialism and imperialism, religious and intellectual pilgrimages, archaeology, anthropology, and more – that have for centuries been critical elements in building Egyptian national identities and subjectivities. Two very different cultural imaginations of Egypt shape tourist agendas. Western tourism is built around a fantasy of an ancient Egypt littered with the excavated monuments of a pharaonic past, a…

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Wynn, Lisa, “Tourism: Egypt”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0285a>
First published online: 2009

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