Egypt on the Brink

Egypt on the Brink

From Nasser to Mubarak

Book - 2010
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"Famous until the 1950s for its religious pluralism and extraordinary cultural heritage, Egypt is now seen as an increasingly repressive and divided land, home of the Muslim Brotherhood and an opaque regime headed by the aging President Mubarak. ... Tarek Osman explores what has happened to the biggest Arab nation since President Nasser took control of the countryin 1954. He examines Egypt's central role in the development of the two crucial movements of the period, Arab nationalism and radical Islam; the increasingly contentious relationship between Muslims and Christians; and perhaps most important of all, the rift between the cosmopolitan elite and the mass of the undereducated and underemployed population, more than half of whom are aged under thirty."--Back cover.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780300162752
Branch Call Number: History 962.05 Osm


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May 03, 2011

Provides good insight into the history and politics of Egypt. Unfortunately, after reading it, I'm unable to clearly identify the overall thesis of this book. In fact I found some of the text rather drawn out and in some cases repetitive.

However, since I knew almost nothing of Egypt's history of the last 100 years, I learned a lot from this book which provides excellent context for recent events in the region. I'm sure with a greater effort of concentration on my part I would have gotten more out of this book, but personally I would prefer a crisper presentation instead of extra effort on my part.


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