Whatever Happened to the Egyptians?: Changes in Egyptian Society from 1850 to the Present

Whatever Happened to the Egyptians?: Changes in Egyptian Society from 1850 to the Present


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Based on both academic research and the author’s own personal experiences and impressions, this delightful and informative book examines the underlying causes of some of the more disturbing social, political, economic, and cultural phenomena that characterize Egyptian society in modern times.

Through a fascinating and often highly entertaining examination of issues ranging from the middle class, religious fanaticism, and attitudes to the West and Western culture, to the Egyptian institution of the summer holiday by the sea and the performing arts and entertainment, Amin posits that social mobility after the 1952 Revolution changed the customs and habits, moral and material values, and patterns of consumption and investment of the aspiring classes.

This insightful book will prove a thought-provoking read for those concerned with emerging economies, international development, and privatization, and will intrigue anyone with an interest in the social history of Egypt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789774245596
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date: 03/01/2001
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Galal Amin is emeritus professor of economics at the American University in Cairo. He is the author of Whatever Else Happened to the Egyptians? (AUC Press, 2004), The Illusion of Progress in the Arab World (AUC Press, 2006), Egypt in the Era of Hosni Mubarak (AUC Press, 2011), and Whatever Happened to the Egyptian Revolution (AUC Press, 2013).

Table of Contents

1Social Mobility7
2Religious Fanaticism31
4Masters and Servants55
5Public and Private Sectors65
6The Position of Women77
7The Arabic Language85
9Private Cars101
11Summer Vacations119
12The Cinema133
13Egyptian Economists147
14Egypt and the Market Culture169

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