Middle East Studies
English edition  
December  2000
184 pp.
12.5X20 cm
ISBN 9789774245596
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Whatever Happened to the Egyptians?

Changes in Egyptian Society across Half a Century Galal Amin
Illustrations by Golo 

An insightful book that provides a thought-provoking read to all those interested in the development and social history of Egypt with witty illustrations by leading cartoonist Golo.

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.
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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).

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“Amin is a serious, but entertaining writer who offers important insights on cultural shifts that, while reflecting on Egypt, offer a recognizable lament for readers in other places as well.”—The Global Ministries <br><br>

“A rare example of combining social theory with concrete observation and intimate personal experience.... A very perceptive account of Egyptian social development with almost the impact of a dramatic creation.” Abd al-Qader al-Qutt, al-Ahram.<br><br>

“A very valuable and highly important contribution to social thought and to Egypt’s social history.... A highly original and enjoyable book.” Faruq Shusha, al-Ahram.

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