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Whatever Happened to the Egyptians?: Changes in Egyptian Society from 1950 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 the 1990s.
Egypt's crisis of culture and other woes are often attributed to the 'open door poli
Paperback, 177 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by American University in Cairo Press
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Apr 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in Egypt
This book is yet another reminder that have too much to learn about modern Egyptian history. However, it has helped me in my quest to consolidate key events and social history in my itty bitty brain so that as i continue to read Egyptian novels, i'll feel more and more confident in my grasp of essential contexts (hopefully). This book also has helped me feel much better about my struggles in trying to learn Arabic. The author makes a big deal out of proper Arabic. He gets excited in acknowledgin ...more
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I noted the publication year of the book after I had bought it. When I noted it was 2001, I felt I have made the wrong decision as it may not give me the info I was hoping for about the contemporary Egyptian issues. But I was wrong! The book is quite of useful and entertaining read. The first chapter can easily related to issues in many middle income countries, as several other chapters. The may reflect the insights of the authors, but may also be linked to generalized observations. At the same ...more
Tomás Engle
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Pretty decent look into the changes that have occurred in Egyptian society with Amin going into some of his speculations as to why they have happened.

While most of these are personal observations and opinions some of them really do ring true and are echoes of The True Believer by Eric Hoffer, such as when Amin states that wealth gained by inactivity or where the source of effort is unclear (i.e. commodity and land prices going up due to global market factors and the owner just sits on them) the
Jasmine Star
Sep 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-east
I enjoyed the honesty in the critique of social practices. I think that authors are often scared to express opinions that are positive but critical of societies. They often criticize and expose flaws or passively chronicle histories.

I like that the author explored modern Egyptian society with a critical eye but in a "matter-of-fact" way. As an outsider it brought to my attention fascinating layers to the culture that I have never noticed. The author exposes mentalities, instances, histories, pr
Dec 19, 2009 rated it liked it
After learning so much about ancient Egypt on our trip, I wanted to get a better picture of where Egypt is now and why.
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: egyptian and foreigner in egypt
Shelves: general
Finally.a book about Egypt.i rather read a book than hear a few stories from someone.this book view from both economic and sociology perspective.and what i found rather astonishing is most of them happening at Malaysia too.well except a few factors that remain unknown to me like Egyptian economists, i know nothing of Malaysian economists so i will leave that out of my review.but other factors?wow.Westernization,Social Mobility,Position of Women,Private Cars,Migration(read:Brain Drain) and others ...more
Catherine  Mustread
Mar 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Catherine by: Middle East North Africa Group
Read this for the Middle East - North Africa group discussion in March/April. Essays on various subjects – my favorites being women, Arabic language, summer vacations, and migrations I found most interesting – discuss the changes in Egyptian society during the 20th century. I was surprised that many of the changes were similar to changes I have also observed in comparing my grandparents lives with those of my grandchildren. Arabic Language and other chapters dealing more specifically with Egypti ...more
Sep 09, 2012 rated it liked it
A very personal, sometimes anecdotal, discussion of Egyptian society 1950-1990.
If it is also true, as seems to be the case, that the rate of social mobility during the last fifty years has been higher than anything experienced by Egypt in its modern history, then one may argue that social mobility could be the most important single factor behind many of the social changes that have occurred in Egypt since 1950.
Nora Daisy
Jan 05, 2011 marked it as to-read
I love Galal Amin, this book is a true photography, true tracing for the Egyptian Community mutation and metamorphoses... A Must Read!!
Eman Amanullah
Jun 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Interesting insight into Egypt.
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جلال أمين

Galal Ahmad Amin is an Egyptian economist and commentator. He has criticized the economic and cultural dependency of Egypt upon the West .

He is the son of judge and academic Ahmad Amin. He studied at Cairo University, graduating LL.B. in 1955 before studying for diplomas in economics and public law. Receiving a government grant to study in Br
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