Date of Submission

Spring 2021

Academic Program

Historical Studies

Project Advisor 1

Omar Y. Cheta

Project Advisor 2

Gregory B. Moynahan

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Narcotics are often relegated to the histories of crime or of medicine when in fact they can be tremendously relevant to all manner of histories given their unique potential to muddle and delineate all manner of identities. This thesis briefly explores the history of two narcotics—cannabis and opium—in the Muslim world as a whole but focuses most of its attention on Egypt in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and on what the activities and rhetorics of three unique social groups advocating for temperance and their own visions of a ‘modern’ Egypt during this time show us about our world today.

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