❦ [KINDLE] ❁ Whatever Happened to the Egyptians? By Galal Amin ➡ – Saudionline.co.uk

Whatever Happened to the Egyptians? chapter 1 Whatever Happened to the Egyptians? , meaning Whatever Happened to the Egyptians? , genre Whatever Happened to the Egyptians? , book cover Whatever Happened to the Egyptians? , flies Whatever Happened to the Egyptians? , Whatever Happened to the Egyptians? b63c9f49c4cf3 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 Disturbing Social, Political, Economic, And Cultural Phenomena That Characterize Egyptian Society In The S Egypt S Crisis Of Culture And Other Woes Are Often Attributed To The Open Door Policy Infitah Initiated Under President Sadat In The Mid S, 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 , 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, Further, Induced The Egyptian People To Ignore National And Ideological Issues Of Grave ImportanceThis 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 EgyptThe Arabic Edition Of This Book Was Awarded The Cairo International Book Fair Prize For The Best Book In Social Studies InComments On The Arabic Edition 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,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,

10 thoughts on “Whatever Happened to the Egyptians?

  1. says:

    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 and 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 acknowledging instances for which he can celebrate its use, They were lucid expositions of the established principles of economic theory and public finance, patiently and carefully written in correct and often stylish Arabic, while also bemoaning instances in which he notes the apparent demise of Arabic in Egyptian society, To commit a grammatical mistake while writing or giving a speech in Arabic is no longer something to be ashamed of Indeed the prevailing atmosphere may make one feel pedantic even to be calling attention to such errors Mastery of Arabic is no longer a condition for broadcasting, and today s journalists are continuously committing lexical and grammatical mistakes All in all i enjoyed this book it was a quick read composed of journalistic essays on a variety of themes in which the author wove personal memoir like reflections Mostly i had the sense he was being quite fair in his criticisms of Egyptian society, but at other times he came across as somewhat of a cranky old man The chapter about weddings seemed to be of a vehicle for him to blow off steam about loud music than an expository piece about changing traditions On one level that annoyed me On another level, i found it quite funny and endearing But mostly I thought Amin wrote very honestly and interestingly, I think there is a lot here that Americans can identify with vis a vis social change.

  2. says:

    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 time the book provides ample Egypt specific issues to help better understanding of changes in the Egyptian society over the past decades But the book seems a bit focused on Cairo or Alexandria and maybe other delta cities Just one visit to Aswan is enough for a reader to feel the book is not linking well with the social movements in the smaller cities and perhaps the rural Egypt I look forward to read from the author

  3. says:

    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 benefactor is likelier to attribute this good fortune to forces out of their control race, creed, etc because they can t connect it to anything rational or personal to them in the first place, like their work ethic.I particularly liked this example as an explanation for the concurrent rise in living standards, Westernisation and Islamic fundamentalism, as the former two would seem to on the surface act against the latter.However, this review only gets 3 stars in the end not just because of Amin s often disjointed affinity for socialistic policies and aversion for market forces somehow people power invalidates itself when it comes to consumers making their own choices , but also due to his very stereotypical Egyptian conclusion that him and his countrymen are but innocent lambs being manipulated by foreign forces No justifications, no evidence and no responsibility taken by anyone just wailing victimhood claiming no agency give me a break My eyes almost rolled themselves out of my head on reading the last part.TL DR decent look into Egyptian view of how the country has changed over the past 50 years, but don t expect anything in depth, factual or impartial.

  4. says:

    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, provides a specific opinion and then allows the reader to look for this in his her reality Being not of an economic mind, I found the beginning a bit boring I absolutely loved the social commentary that followed I loved loved loved the section on language and the evolution or de evolution of Arabic I was enthralled by the section on classes and found that the topics were so relevant to my experience in Cairo It is a simply written book, one that is easy to get into, fast to read, one that shares information without judgement, but with criticism, and I enjoyed it.

  5. says:

    After learning so much about ancient Egypt on our trip, I wanted to get a better picture of where Egypt is now and why.

  6. says:

    Egypt Before the Current RevolutionGalal Amin, an economics Professor at the American University in Cairo provides an entertaining personal look at the evolution of 20th century Egyptian society from the somewhat privileged view of the upper middle class Some aspects, though lagging us by a few years, are quite relatable to the American and Canadian experience upward mobility, electrification and its enabling of consumerism, the invasion of American culture , cars for personal transportation, the emergence of women from the home and and loud hotel weddings where the guests can t hear each other, though unlike Amin s situation few of us have to contend with the attendance of former prime ministers.Other aspects of the book are distinctive of the 2nd world where both economic security and social advancement come through government jobs and enrollment in the army.Particularly interesting was Amin s description of the costs of maintaining a servant vs the salary of a university professor first his father and then himself When he was young his parents would reach out through the family network and a girl as young as 10 years old would sent from the village Society was highly polarized wrt to wealth with a wide base of 10 million who were very poor, 2 million middle class and maybe 100K at the top The income disparity was 500 1 and the servant herself was essentially unpaid as the 20 piastre month salary was given to her father who visited once every 6 months to a year However in the 1990s the ration was 20 1 and the now older servant could afford her own home life.Another interesting discussion centred around remittances sent home from Egyptians working in the Gulf Amin notes that this along with the Suez Canal was a major factor in the economy in the 1970s and 80s, but also worries that the high salaries brought unreasonable expectations and that the growth of religious fundamentalism in Egypt was a result of their foreign exposure Remittances are still highly important to the economies of Egypt, and other MENA countries such as Jordan and Morocco.He ends the book with a discussion of Egyptian economists Under Nasser s pseudo socialism there was ample employment for to produce Marxist style 5 year plans, though Nasser was careful to imprison any real Marxists in prison from 1959 65 in order to avoid the appearance of Egypt becoming a Soviet puppet state Under Sadat government work dried up and a number of Egypt economists and other academic professionals migrated to the the Gulf or went to work for the UN, possibly also a veiled reference to Boutros Boutros Gali, who later became UN Secretary General Amin dismisses their work as well remarking that they received high pay for little productive work However Sadat s open door policy did bring about a flurry of economic activity which was generally good for the country.The writing style is conversational and easy to to understand I enjoyed the historical perspective and intend to order his current book From Political to Economic Awakening in the Arab World The Path of Economic Integration in order to see how his views evolve Other readers might may find it bit dated because of the Arab Spring, in which case you should reduce my recommendation accordingly.

  7. says:

    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.i even thought i m reading Whatever Happened to the Malaysians.The writer tell us complex things with simple language plus writer experience.take a factor like Arabic Language,i rather believe writer view about Ammiyah and Fusaha than theory that Western planted Ammiyah because they dont want Egyptians to understand Quran this is my opinion.no offense ok.i am going to find the next series of this book Whatever Else Happened to the Egyptians.

  8. says:

    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 specifically with Egyptian historical events being the exception.

  9. says:

    A very personal, sometimes anecdotal, discussion of Egyptian society 1950 1990chokengtitiktitikchokeng4If 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.

  10. says:

    I love Galal Amin, this book is a true photography, true tracing for the Egyptian Community mutation and metamorphoses A Must Read

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