Primordial History, Print Capitalism, and Egyptology in Nineteenth-Century Cairo - Muṣṭafā Salāma al-Naǧǧārī's The Garden of Ismail's Praise
This book contains the English translation and Arabic transcription of the surviving fragments of a unique manuscript, The Garden of Ismail's Praise. The author is a forgotten Egyptian intellectual and poet, Mustafa Salama al-Naggari (d. 1870). He wrote this universal history of Egypt to praise the Ottoman governor Khedive Ismail (r. 1863-1879). He advocates a unique solution to computing the period of primordial history, before the Deluge, in the age of steam and print. Al-Naggari's alternative Nahda voice is available for the first time in this edition.