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- DescriptionIn this pioneering history of transportation and communication in the modern Middle East, On Barak argues that contrary to accepted wisdom techlogical modernity in Egypt did t 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 development of unique timekeeping practices that resignified and subverted the typical modernist infatuation with expediency and promptness. These countertempos, predicated on uneasiness over dehumanizing European standards of efficiency, sprang from and contributed to n-linear modes of arranging time. Barak shows how these countertempos formed and developed with each new techlogical invation during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, contributing to a particularly Egyptian sense of time that extends into the present day, exerting influence over contemporary political language in the Arab world. The universal tion of a modern mechanical standard time and the deviations supposedly characterizing n-Western settings from time immemorial, On Time provocatively argues, were in fact mutually constitutive and mutually reinforcing.
- Author BiographyOn Barak is Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern history at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Names Without Faces: From Polemics to Flirtation in Islamic Chat-room Nick-naming (Uppsala University Press, 2006).
- Author(s)On Barak
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication06/09/2013
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note16 b/w photographs, 3 maps
- Weight463 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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