Un patrimoine ambivalent. La construction des traditions dans le "Dictionnaire des coutumes, des traditions et des expressions égyptiennes" de Ahmad Amîn

Abstract : The new edition in 1999, in a heritage perspective, of the Dictionary of Egyptian customs, traditions and phrases (1953) by the official culture publishers in Egypt provides the material to confront this book to the concept of heritage. From one era to another, the change in terminology, with the shift from traditions to heritage, from national to popular reveals the ductility of the very subject of this dictionary. The Dictionary refers to the definition of a «popular culture» which is a particularly ambiguous heritage because of the scholar, normative and social criteria of labeling it as heritage. The tension between desire for knowledge and will to destroy; between the perspective of conservation and that of reform; between emotional attachment and critical detachment; gives ambivalence to the «heritage» that the Dictionary describes, a lost and abolished object. These tensions are perhaps resolved in the writing process of the dictionary: in constituting the past, historical writing can eliminate without forgetting.
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Emmanuelle Perrin. Un patrimoine ambivalent. La construction des traditions dans le "Dictionnaire des coutumes, des traditions et des expressions égyptiennes" de Ahmad Amîn. Egypte / Monde arabe, 2009, Pratiques du Patrimoine en Égypte et au Soudan, pp.161-187. ⟨http://ema.revues.org/2898⟩. ⟨hal-01180393⟩

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