Egypt

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ABC-CLIO, 2013 - History - 508 pages
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While such historic monuments as the pyramids at Giza, the Karnak Temple, and the Valley of the Kings draw visitors to Egypt each year, the country is today a large and varied collection of some 79 million people. An important political and cultural force in the Middle East and home to one of Africa's most advanced economies, Egypt is rapidly becoming a major player in the 21st-century world.

This comprehensive text examines all facets of life in Egypt, including its land, history, politics, and culture. It is written in a manner that makes the subject accessible and engaging for readers with little prior knowledge about the country, but also provides a critical analysis of the latest research for students and scholars familiar with Egypt and its people. Special attention is given to the historical period following the rise of Islam to enable a greater understanding of Egypt's contemporary government, religious practices, popular culture, and current events.

 

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Contents

Geography
1
History
17
Government and Politics
81
Economy
117
Society
145
Culture
203
Contemporary Issues
349
Glossary and Abbreviations
381
Facts and Figures
389
Major Holidays in Egyptian Culture
413
EgyptRelated Organizations
419
Annotated Bibliography
435
Thematic Index
451
Index
487
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Mona Russell is associate professor of modern Middle East history at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, where she specializes in the history of women and gender in Egypt.