By Tarek Osman
Tarek Osman's full of life account of Egypt, its contemporary heritage, and myriad inner conflicts and frustrations, used to be released in November 2010 to quick acclaim. inside months, the Egyptian humans had risen in protest opposed to the regime and President Mubarak was once compelled to surrender. during this totally revised and up-to-date variation, Osman tells the intense tale of the February 2011 protests, and discusses their implications for Egypt and the remainder of the world.
"Short, readable, transparent, and passionately written. an excellent advent to Egypt's story.”—Boston Globe
"Tarek Osman, a Western-educated Egyptian banker and low columnist, brings the attention of an clever beginner to the tale of this country’s previous part century. He writes with feeling, subsidized up by means of an impressively wide record of resources in addition to sharp serious perception and astute judgement."—The Economist
"Osman offers textured historic context . . . and he focuses research extra properly than most modern pundits."—Carlin Romano, The Chronicle of upper Education
(Carlin Romano The Chronicle of upper Education)
“Published a short while sooner than millions of Egyptians all started pouring into Cairo's Tahrir sq., Egypt at the breaking point is a well timed account of Egypt close to the top of the 30-year Mubarak period. it really is provided thematically, instead of chronologically, and the most exciting issues is the idea that while Egypt within the age of liberal nationalism (the Twenties and Nineteen Thirties) and the Nasser years (1952-70) had a nearby status and a feeling of nationwide function, Hosni Mubarak's regime misplaced either this status and this goal because it devolved right into a dreary despotism. but Osman writes with neither nostalgia nor disdain. Separate chapters talk about the Islamists, the Christians, the increase of liberal capitalism, and Egypt's early life. Even the realization, which speculates on who and what regime could exchange Mubarak, now overtaken by means of occasions, bargains beneficial ideas on Egypt's particular politics.”—L. Carl Brown, international Affairs
(L. Carl Brown overseas Affairs)
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Mohamed Ali, his son Ibrahim and Ismael were indeed ‘men of will’ who had reawakened and transformed Egypt. But in consolidating all powers in their hands (and those of their family), dismissing any notion of checks and balances and allying themselves with Al-Azhar (the religious power in the country), the governing system they established was, from ordinary Egyptians’ viewpoint, domineering. Despite the exclusion and the condescension with which Egyptians were treated, Mohamed Ali’s and Ismael’s project produced major upheavals in Egyptian society.
The crumbling of the Ottoman Empire and the emergence of a ‘Turkish’ identity in its place had allowed other identities to surface, in cultural and political contexts alike. ) But in the case of Egyptianism, the modernization and exposure to Europe that Mohamed Ali’s and Ismael’s project had heralded (and which continued throughout the last decades of the nineteenth and ﬁrst of the twentieth century) led to sophisticated political thinking which aimed to install democracy and true representation in Egypt.
To prevent what they perceived as a decline into westernization and to preserve the status quo, the Salaﬁsts focused their efforts on the party that they thought would stand by traditions and ‘anchor values’: the Palace. Al-Azhar lent strong moral support to Sultan Abbas Hilmy and later to King Fuad, and many in the religious establishment 35 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 31 32x EGYPT ON THE BRINK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 31 32x went along with King Fuad’s ambitions to establish a new caliphate based in Egypt.