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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book focuses on the late nineteenth century, a period that marks a new departure in Anglo-Muslim relations in the context of the British Empire, shifting the ground on which British identity politics operated. It discusses the role of the British Government and English activists respectively in the campaign to suppress slave traffic in Egypt and surrounding areas. The book elaborates on the idea that British imperialists in Egypt hoped both to penetrate the forbidden space of the harem themselves and to take action that would have a profound impact on that space. It examines the debates regarding what was referred to in England as 'the woman question'. It explains how the concept of the English nation as the centre of an empire helped to establish a place in England for Islam.

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The harem, slavery and British imperial culture

Anglo-Muslim relations in the late nineteenth century


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