Ambiguous modernization: The transition to monogamy in the Khedival house of Egypt

Kenneth M. Cuno

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On Thursday, 16 January, 1873, a contract of marriage was agreed to between Tawfiq, the crown prince of Egypt, and Amina Ilhami, granddaughter of the late viceroy Abbas Hilmi I (r. 1849-54). In celebration of the event the reigning khedive, Ismail (r. 1863-79), held a reception at al-Hilmiyya Palace attended by Tawfiq, several ministers of state, and the leading religious dignitaries. Cannons were fired, sweet drinks were had, and the khedive received the congratulations of his guests in order of their rank. Poetry was composed and recited for the occasion by al-Sayyid Ali Abu al-Nasr and Muhammad Qadri Bey. Thus began the celebration of the first of four consecutive weddings of the children of Ismail, each of which entailed a week of receptions, banquets and entertainment, illuminations, and a public procession in which the bride was delivered to her husband's palace.1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFamily History in the Middle East
Subtitle of host publicationHousehold, Property, and Gender
Place of PublicationAlbany
PublisherState University of New York Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)079145679X, 9780791456798
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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