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Introduction : rethinking territorial Egypt -- Legal exceptionalism in Egypt's borderlands -- Accommodating Egyptian sovereignty in Siwa -- Abbas Hilmi II and the anatomy of a Siwan murder -- Cultivating territorial sovereignty in the western desert -- The limits of Ottoman sovereignty in the eastern Sahara -- The emergence of Egypt's western border conflict -- Conclusion : unsettling the Egyptian-Libyan border.
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'Desert Borderland' investigates the historical processes that transformed political identity in the easternmost reaches of the Sahara Desert in the half century before World War I. Adopting a view from the margins - illuminating the little-known history of the Egyptian-Libyan borderland - the text challenges prevailing notions of how Egypt and Libya were constituted as modern territorial nation-states. Matthew H. Ellis draws on a wide array of archival sources to reconstruct the multiple layers and meanings of territoriality in this desert borderland.
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