Editor’s Note: Kenneth M. Cuno was the recipient of the 2015 Albert Hourani Book Award for Modernizing Marriage at the Middle East Studies Association.

Kenneth M. Cuno’s Modernizing Marriage is likely to be the definitive history of marriage in Egypt for a very long time. There are several reasons for this. One is Cuno’s mastery of the archival material related to his study. Another is his ability to provide the social, political, and legal context in which modern marriage in Egypt evolved. As Cuno notes, debates about the family and marriage were really about society and the nation, which creates a wider context for his study. Although Cuno’s history encompasses the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it also provides the information needed to understand marriage and divorce in contemporary Egypt.

Chapters 1 and 2 address the changing political, social,...

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