Labib Habachi: The Life and Legacy of an Egyptologist
Labib Habachi, Egypt‚àö√Øs most perceptive and productive Egyptologist, was marginalized for most of his career, only belatedly receiving international recognition for his major contributions to the field. In Labib Habachi: The Life and Legacy of an Egyptologist, Jill Kamil presents not only a long-overdue biography of this important scholar, but a survey of Egyptian archaeology in the twentieth century in which Habachi‚àö√Øs work is measured against that of his best-known contemporaries‚àö√´among them Selim Hassan, Ahmed Fakhry, Abdel Moneim Abu Bakr, and Gamal Mokhtar.
The account of Habachi‚àö√Øs major discovery, the Sanctuary of Heqaib on Elephantine in 1946, was shelved by Egypt‚àö√Øs Antiquities Department for thirty years. When it was finally released for publication, it became the subject of a heated controversy between Habachi and a western scholar that was never resolved.
To construct her picture of Labib Habachi, Jill Kamil draws on a wide range of sources, including a long personal acquaintance with the subject. Tracing the arc of Habachi‚àö√Øs career, Kamil sets his life‚àö√Øs work in its full context, providing a valuable perspective on the development of Egyptian Egyptology and the sometimes fraught relationship between Egypt‚àö√Øs scholars and the western archaeological establishment.
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