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Routledge Handbook on Contemporary Egypt

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Book Description

Investigating key features of contemporary Egypt, this volume includes Egypt’s modern history, politics, economics, the legal system, environment, and its media and modes of cultural expression. It examines Egypt’s capacities to meet developmental challenges, ranging from responding to globalization and regional competition to generating sufficient economic growth and political inclusion to accommodate the interests and demands of a rapidly growing population.

The macrohistory of Egypt is complemented by the microhistories of specific institutions and processes that constitute separate sections in this handbook. The chapters revolve around political economy: it is shaped by the people and their abilities, political and legal institutions, organization of the economy, natural and built environments and culture and communication. Politics have been overwhelmingly authoritarian and coercive since the military seized power in 1952, consequently the contributions address both the causes and consequences of unbalanced civil-military relations, military rule and persisting authoritarianism in the political society.

This multidisciplinary handbook serves a dual purpose introducing readers to Egypt’s history and contemporary political economy and it serves as a comprehensive key resource for postgraduate students and academics interested in modern Egypt.

Table of Contents


Robert Springborg

Section I. History

Introduction: Occupation, Independence, Revolution
Anthony Gorman

1. Building the Egyptian State? Infrastructural Systems, Education and Urbanization, 1919 to 2011
Mohamed Gamal el-Din

2. The Ideological Roots of Authoritarianism
Roel Meijer

3. Egypt’s Foreign Policy from Faruq to Mubarak
Nael Shama

4: Activism and Contentious Politics in Egypt: The Case of the Student Movement
Hatem Zayed, Nadine Sika and Ibrahim Elnur

5. Framing the Past: Historian, State and Society
Anthony Gorman

Section II. Politics

Introduction: The Evolution of Military Rule in Egypt
Sarah Smierciak

1. Genesis of Coup-Proofing in Egypt: Civil-Military Relations Under King Faruq and Beyond
Hicham Bou Nassif

2. The Fingers of the "Invisible Hand": Egypt’s Government Institutions
Jan Claudius Völkel

3. Islamism in Egypt
Noha Mellor

4. Civil Society and Revolution, 2000-Present
Hafsa Halawa

5. Egypt’s Post-Uprising Foreign Policy
Timothy Kaldas

Section III. Economy

Introduction: A Brief History of Nation, State and Market
Amr Adly

1. State-Business Relations in Neoliberal Egypt: The Global Political Economy of Subordinate Integration
Roberto Roccu

2. Why Egypt’s Trade Policy Failed to Improve its External’s Competitiveness?
Chahir Zaki

3. Egypt’s Foreign Direct Investment Regime: Evolution and Limitations
Mohammed Mossallam

4. The Political Economy of Workers’ Remittances in Egypt
Ayman Zohry

5. Encroachments: Land, Power and Predation
William J. Dorman

Section IV. Legal System

Introduction: Law, Courts, and Human Rights in Egypt
Tamir Moustafa

1. Judges, Elections, and Constitutional Politics after the 2011 Revolution
Jeffrey Adam Sachs

2. Lawyers and Politics: lawyering and counter-lawyering in Egypt
Heba M. Khalil

3. Law, Exceptional Courts and Revolution in Modern Egypt
Ahmed Ezzat

4. The Egyptian Human Rights Movement: Between Political Autonomy and Accommodation of Authoritarianism
Bahey eldin Hassan

Section V. Natural and Built Environments

Introduction: Visions and Realities of the Struggle for Development
Aisha Saad

1. Sustainable Water Resource Management in Egypt
Richard Tutwiler

2. Egypt’s Conflicting Urbanism: Informality vs. New Desert Development
Deena Khalil

3. Livability of Egyptian Cities
Ibrahim Rizk Hegazy

4. The Cultural Heritage of Egypt’s Cities: Burden or resource?
May al-Ibrashy

Section VI. Media and Popular Culture

Introduction: Divergent Trajectories of Creativity and Coercion
Naomi Sakr

1. The Culture Police: Manning the Barricades of Allowable Art and Culture
Ramy M. K. Aly 

2. Media Ownership in Egypt 2000-2020: Categories and Configurations
Tourya Guaaybess

3. Tweeting the Revolution: The Evolution of Social Media Use in Egypt's Turbulent Times
Rasha Abdulla

4. Ringfenced religion? Egypt’s Religious Media Between Faith and Politics
Ehab Galal

5. Cooperativism, Revolution and the ‘Digital Turn’: Assessing Recent Egyptian Film Collectives
Viola Shafik

6. The Rise of Indie Music from the Heart of Tahrir Square: Politics and Popular Music in Egypt
Nadine El Sayed

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Robert Springborg is Adjunct Professor, School of International Studies, Simon Fraser University and non-resident Research Fellow of the Italian Institute of International Affairs. Formerly he was the MBI Al Jaber Professor in Middle East Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies; Director of the American Research Center in Egypt.

Amr Adly is an assistant professor in the department of political science at The American University in Cairo. He worked as a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center. He is the author of Cleft Capitalism (2020) and State Reform and Development in the Middle East (Routledge, 2012). He has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals.

Anthony Gorman is Senior Lecturer in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Historians, State and Politics in Twentieth-Century Egypt (2003), and (with Monciaud) The Press in the Middle East and North Africa, 1850-1950 (2018). He continues to work on a history of the Middle Eastern prison, and aspects of the Greek presence of modern Egypt.

Tamir Moustafa is Professor of International Studies and Stephen Jarislowsky Chair at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of the award-winning book, The Struggle for Constitutional Power: Law, Politics, and Economic Development in Egypt (2007), and he is the co-editor of Rule by Law: The Politics of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes (2008).

Aisha Saad is a Research Scholar in Law and the Bartlett Research Fellow at Yale Law School. Dr. Saad was previously Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the American University in Cairo where also helped launch the Center for Sustainable Development and the region’s first Masters in Sustainable Development.

Naomi Sakr is Professor of Media Policy at the Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster, researching Arab journalism, cultural production and human rights, including pan-Arab screen media for children. Her books include Transformations in Egyptian Journalism (2013) and reports on media laws and governance in the Arab region.

Sarah Smierciak completed a DPhil in Oriental Studies and an MPhil in Development Studies at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. In 2016 she was awarded a Fulbright Grant to conduct research in Istanbul with Syrian and Iraqi communities. She's currently based in Cairo where she writes freelance political economy analysis and is finishing a travel guide to Egypt for the "Moon" series.