Galal Amin

Galal Amin Madha hadatha li-l-masriyyin?

Madha hadatha li-l-masriyyin?

Sprache: Arabisch
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Taschenbuch, 188 Seiten
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Whatever happened to the Egyp­tians. 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 policy' (Infitah) initiated under Presi­dent Sadat in the mid-1970s, and to the large-scale migra­tion of Egyp­tian workers to the oil-rich states of the Gulf that began around the same time. Galal Amin contends, however, that these factors alone are insuf­fi­cient to explain the funda­mental changes in beha­vior and attitudes that charac­te­rize modern Egyp­tian life. The 'missing link,' Amin argues, lies in the social mobi­lity unleashed by the July Revo­lu­tion of 1952, which was later acce­le­rated by Infitah and workers' migra­tion. The sudden upward mobi­lity and atten­dant pres­tige, self-confi­dence, and purcha­sing power of a large segment of Egyp­tian society-and the desire to display this new-found social posi­tion as conspi­cuously as possible-have had an enor­mous effect on the attitudes and alle­gi­ances of these groups. 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 has changed the customs and habits, moral and mate­rial values, and patterns of consump­tion and invest­ment of the aspi­ring classes, and has, further­more, induced the Egyp­tian people to ignore national and ideo­lo­gical issues of grave import­ance. 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. The Arabic edition of this book was awarded the Cairo Inter­na­tional Book Fair Prize for the best book in Social Studies in 1998.