Napoleon in Egypt: Al Jabarti’s Chronicle of the French Occupation Paperback – 30 Oct 2005
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Towards the end of the book, I got a sense that Al-jabarti did not completely despise the French after all, surprisingly...As I read this book, I felt as if I were back in time with all of them.
The book is short and sweet, and a good read, even for non-history majors. Also, what is funny is that I purchased this book through one of Amazon's sellers, but they LOST it in shipping, so I got a refund and managed to get a copy elsewhere...People should be wary of the independent booksellers on Amazon, because they don't seem that responsible when it comes to international shipping.
To see ourselves as others see us;
It would from many a blunder
And foolish notion free us -- Robert Burns
We have a lot of histories of Napoleon in Egypt. Even more of the naval battle where Nelson came in. Here is a view of the invasion of Egypt left from the Egyptian side. His comments are rather surprising. It was very clear that the French military machine was vastly superior to the military forces then in Egypt. The French knowledge, science, technology was likewise admired by Al-Jabarti. On the other hand their claim to be the defender of the faith is obviously ridiculous, even though they did have a translation of the Koran.
This particular edition of the book has been expanded in honor of Al-Jabarti's 250th birthday. The translation is by Shmuel Moreh of the Hebrew University, and Robert L. Tignor provides an introduction giving an overview of the events.
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