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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2006

MES 323K • Egyptian Politics and Society

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42895 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
MEZ 1.120

Course Description

This course examines political and social developments in the Arab World's most populous state, Egypt. The backdrop of our analysis will be a historical overview, moving chronologically from state-building under Muhammad Ali in the early 19th century to the contemporary regime, which has ruled since 1952. In order to study Egypt's development holisticallyrather than, for instance, focusing solely on democratizationwe will address the Egyptian government's performance in three areas: economic development (growth and equity), social stability, and political regime. In covering these topics we will draw upon a range of works from the humanities and social sciences, including academic articles, novels, and films. Students with advanced knowledge of Arabic will also have the opportunity to read original texts on the course's topic. All students will be asked to read carefully and write clearly. Class discussions and assignments will require comprehending and critiquing the assigned texts.

Grading Policy

Grades will be based on 4 two-page response papers (20%), an abstract and 10-page research paper (30%), in-class exam (15%), a take-home exam (15%), and active class participation (20%).


Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot, A Short History of Modern Egypt (1985). John Waterbury, The Egypt of Nasser and Sadat: The Political Economy of Two Regimes (1983). Alaa Al Aswany, The Yacoubian Building (2004). Maye Kassem, Egyptian Politics: The Dynamics of Authoritarian Rule (2004). Strunk and White, The Elements of Style. There will also be a course packet of other readings.


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