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So much as changed in Egypt during 2011, that books such as POLITICAL AND SOCIAL PROTEST IN EGYPT (Cairo Papers in Social Science, 2008) is already out of date.
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The geology, mineral resources, climate, soils and the threat of desertification is explained, with special sections on the Western and Eastern Deserts, the Sinai and Suez, and the Nile Valley and Delta and information about artesian irrigation projects. The benefits and problems arising from dependency on the Nile, the Suez canal and the Aswan High Dam are discussed, as are the problems of food supply, water supply (including the Aswan High Dam) and land shortage - all in light of Egypt's rapidly growing population.
The Ibrahims briefly address Egyptian identity, including and the status of women and Coptic, Nubian and Bedouin minorities, and offer an opinionated insight into modern Egyptian life.
They consider the impact of globalization on Egypt's attempt to industrialize, and the effects of a changing tourist industry, which attempts to offset the effects of Egypt's population explosion, a seriously negative balance of payments, massive debt, unemployment, brain drain and corruption. The vulnerability of toursim to Islamist terrorism is also mentioned. A section on urban life includes the growth and sprawl of Cairo and Alexandria, and an analysis of one regional capital, Beni Suef.
This study aims to explore this problem by focusing on the major characteristics of street children, and investigating their basic demographics, the basis of their group formation and dynamics, their networks of interaction and relations, and the major constituents of their subculture. The research argues that street children, as a distinctive social group, have developed various scenarios to survive the cruel conditions they encounter in the street, and to cope with its various forms of vulnerability and jeopardy.
So much as changed in Egypt during 2011, that books that this Social Science Paper is already out of date.
Ten articles about globalisation and how the stresses of modern life are bringing social and cultural change. Some fascinating biographical pieces are included. The two editors, Cynthia Nelson and Shahnaz Rouse, contribute a study of three women -Doria Shafik, Jahanara Shahnawaz and Hamida Akhtar Hussein - who each attempted to reform their societies. Other contributors document wildly differing careers: Sheikh Moubarak Abdu Fadl (a Nubian-Egyptian communist) and the life story of a midwife, Um Ali - whose much lamented death left pregnant women without their best champion. More abstract articles take on Islam related issues, a discussion of research issues and medical / health issues. Heba El-Kholy studies the 'ayma' - a marriage inventory which gives many Egyptian women a measure of security in their marriages.
From the perspective of international political economy, Talani considers the dynamics and the EU response of legal and illegal migration from Egypt and other Middle Eastern and North African countries into the EU.
Dr. Talani's primary research included UN field work. This study displays a good understanding of migration and the motivations and attitudes of migrants, whilst examining clearly defined research questions about the relation between globalisation, marginalisation and the EU response.
Cairo is one of the six cities reviewed to illuminate the issues and approaches to contemporary Middle Eastern urbanism. A few of the cities featured are rich in tradition (Cairo, Tunis, and Baghdad), a few are neglected (Algiers and Sana'a) and Dubai is ane 'oil-rich' Gulf city.
The authors are young Arab scholars and architects who are local to the cities they describe, and they explore issues of identity and globalization in the context of the struggles and solutions offered by each city from the late nineteenth century to the present day. They focus on how the built environment has changed over time and under different influences.
This book is written for a non-specialist audience.
Meet a city planner in Cairo, a doctor in Luxor, a plant nurseryman - and many people in between. Discover some of the problems of life in Egyptian cities and in the countryside; as it is influenced in major ways, such as building the Asan Dam, by political decision makers, as well as by issues such as the vast population growth in Egypt. Many issues are revealed by the author, who has himself lived in Egypt. The consultant, a lecturer at the American University in Cairo, also lived in Egypt, for thirty years.
Features including maps, graphic panels with statistics and fact boxes about size, flag, population, religion, currency and language provide useful links with literacy, especially as the book is so engagingly written.
Also available in a Library binding (Heinemann Library)
Fresh perspectives on the politics and cultures of the Nile Valley (Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia) and on the role the river has played in shaping them, using historical studies and broad interdisciplinary discussions.