Ever since Nasser overthrew Prince Farouk in 1952, Egypt has held a special, leading position within the Arab world. It is now facing major problems, the most serious of which are the growing strength of the Muslim fundamentalists, continuing population growth and external debt problems. Together, these are creating a volatile and potentially explosive climate.
In this book, the journalist Anthony McDermott examines the development of Egypt from Revolution to the present, describing various features of Egyptian society and the contributions of its leaders. He asks whether Egypt has fulfilled its expected role as the model for Arab and developing countries or whether the peace pact made by Sadat with Israel was a major error, causing Egypt’s withdrawal under Mubarak from the centre of international politics.
The book is lively and readable and provides a challenging introduction to the development and problems of the largest country in the Middle East.
First published 1988.
About the author. Preface. 1. A Beginning 2. Nasser 3. Sadat 4. Mubarak 5. Politics and Government 6. The Economy 7. War and the Armed Forces 8. Religion 9. Society and Life 10. Culture and Information 11. Egypt and its Image 12. A Conclusion. Select Bibliography. Periodical Sources. Index.