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Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary

Alex Dika Seggerman


Analyzing the modernist art movement that arose in Cairo and Alexandria from the late nineteenth century through the 1960s, Alex Dika Seggerman reveals how the visual arts were part of a multifaceted transnational modernism. While the work of diverse, major Egyptian artists during this era may have appeared to be secular, she argues, it reflected the subtle but essential inflection of Islam, as a faith, history, and lived experience, in the overarching development of Middle Eastern modernity. Challenging typical views of modernism in art history as solely Euro-American, and expanding the conve ... More

Keywords: Islam, Egypt, global modernism, modernism, modern Egypt, art history, middle east, painting, sculpture, visual culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469653044
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653044.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex Dika Seggerman, author
Rutgers University-Newark