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The Future of Egyptology

Monica Hanna

'Monica Hanna has been leading the charge against looting of ancient sites across the country' - National Geographic

A brilliantly argued, unexpected, and deeply rewarding journey into the future - via ancient history with a firebrand Egyptologist.

Think of Ancient Egypt, and you're likely to think of hieroglyphic-covered tombs being unsealed by Victorian explorers, revealing 'wonderful things' - as Howard Carter famously remarked on seeing Tutankhamun's treasures for the first time. But how did the practice known as 'Egyptology' become the domain of wealthy Europeans? And what can be done in future to give agency back to the country where it all began?

Dr. Hanna has spent her career monitoring and trying to disrupt the flow of Ancient Egyptian antiquities out of her home country - in the past, she has even directly confronted armed graverobbers.

In The Future of Egyptology, she presents a broad and generous vision of Egyptology as it could and should be: a subject not only concerned with the glitz and glamour of the Pharoahs, but with connecting the ancient world with the Egypt of today - as well as reclaiming its treaures.

Dr. Hanna argues that only by disentangling Egyptology from its problematic past of looting, racism, and Euro-centric thinking can the subject truly find a way forward. The Future of Egytology is a brilliantly argued, unexpected, and deeply rewarding journey into the future - via ancient history.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Melville House Publishing
  • Publish Date: Mar 4th, 2025
  • Pages: 144
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.81lb
  • EAN: 9781685891633
  • Categories: Ancient - EgyptCultural & Ethnic Studies - Middle Eastern StudiesEssays

About the Author

Dr. Monica Hanna is Dean at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport in Alexandria, and a world-renowned Egyptologist. She set up the Egypt Heritage Taskforce in the wake of the Arab Spring, and was recognised in 2014 for her work by SAFE (Saving Antiquities For Everyone). In 2020 she was part of a group opposing the relocation of sphinxes by the Egyptian authorities to Tahrir Square. More recently she continues to speak out against 'colonialist cosplay' in Egypt.

Praise for this book

PRAISE FOR DR. MONICA HANNA

'Monica Hanna has been leading the charge against looting of ancient sites across the country' - National Geographic

'Dr Hanna is enriching the world's understanding of Egypt's heritage... In preserving Egypt's legacy, you could say that she's created her own.' - Women of Egypt