Entangled in Orientalism: How the Hyksos Became a Race

In: Journal of Egyptian History
Danielle Candelora Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California Los Angeles

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This paper presents a historiographical critique of Hyksos scholarship and the impact of Imperialism and Orientalism on the foundations of such studies. I trace the creation and maintenance of the misconception of the Hyksos as a race through the scholarship, examining the context and influences behind the research, and discuss the appeal of new scientific techniques for the question of Hyksos origins.

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