A History of Ancient Egypt by Marc Van De Mieroop

By Marc Van De Mieroop

Outlining the most important political and cultural occasions, A heritage of historical Egypt is an authoritative and available creation to this attention-grabbing old culture.
•An available chronological narrative that pulls on quite a number ancient sources
•Offers an updated survey of historic Egypt's historical past from its origins to its domination by way of the Roman Empire
•Considers social and financial existence and the wealthy tradition of old Egypt
•Places Egypt's background inside of its neighborhood context, detailing interactions with Asia and Africa
•Engages scholars with a variety of views on various severe concerns with the most important Debate part integrated in every one chapter
•Makes the newest discoveries and scholarship available to a large audience

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The wider concept of 'reform' or of a 'national revival' as generally understood by Egyptian and Arab reformers before 1952 was now narrowed down to such things as raising the rates of saving and investment, achieving a higher rate of growth of per capita income, increasing school enroll49 Whatever Happened to the Egyptians? merit ratios and the number of hospital beds per 1,000 people, reclaiming new land and building new factories, acquiring new types of armament, and other similar indicators that began to be prominent in the UN annual statistical tables.

Spread of the rural habit of men embracing each other in greeting, even if they have just parted, may be explained in the same way. ' For what is involved here is not a strengthening of religious belief as much as the increasing observance of religious rituals and ceremonies, and the stricter adherence to an outward pattern of behavior associated with Islam, such as the adoption of the veil by larger numbers of women, the spreading of the custom of starting letters and speeches by invoking 'the name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate,' the broadcasting of the Friday prayer through loudspeakers, and the widespread trend of interrupting the day's work for the observance of the daily prayers on time.

Both recent research and studies of earlier parallel experiences in Egypt as well as in other countries, tend to support this conclusion. In his pioneer study of militant religious movements in Egypt, Saad Eddin Ibrahim7 found that of the thirty-four militants studied who had participated in the attack on the Military Academy in 1974 or belonged to the militant religious group named al-Takfir wa-l-higra, twenty-one, or about two-thirds, were sons of government employees, mostly in middle grades of the civil service, four were sons of small merchants, three were sons of small farmers (owning or holding between six and eleven acres) and two had working-class fathers.

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