MES 322K • 20TH-C EGYPT SOC/POLIT/THOUGHT
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
In less than a century Egypt experienced four radically different forms of political community, economic organization and public culture as it swiftly moved from Colonialism to Liberalism, Arab-Socialism and Authoritarian Capitalism. A fifth shift, Islamic Republicanism is pending. In each stage Egypt went through a complete reshuffling of the state structure and public culture. Each of these phases was experienced with great emotional intensity. The aim of this class is to critically examine the social, political and intellectual dynamics which shaped these experiences. What sort of expectations did Egyptians have in each phase, who came up with these revisionist ideas, and who put them to work and how?
Grading Policy: Midterm (25%), Final (40%), 3 Written reports (25%), Attendance and Participation 10%
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