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By Tarek Osman

Tarek Osman's vigorous account of Egypt, its contemporary background, and myriad inner conflicts and frustrations, was once released in November 2010 to rapid acclaim. inside months, the Egyptian humans had risen in protest opposed to the regime and President Mubarak used to be compelled to renounce. during this absolutely revised and up to date variation, Osman tells the intense tale of the February 2011 protests, and discusses their implications for Egypt and the remainder of the world.


"Short, readable, transparent, and passionately written. an exceptional creation to Egypt's story.”—Boston Globe
(Boston Globe)

"Tarek Osman, a Western-educated Egyptian banker and low columnist, brings the attention of an clever beginner to the tale of this country’s earlier part century. He writes with feeling, subsidized up through an impressively huge record of resources in addition to sharp serious perception and astute judgement."—The Economist

(Economist 2010-11-13)

"Osman offers textured ancient context . . . and he focuses research extra effectively than most modern pundits."—Carlin Romano, The Chronicle of upper Education
(Carlin Romano The Chronicle of upper Education)

“Published a short while sooner than hundreds of thousands of Egyptians begun pouring into Cairo's Tahrir sq., Egypt at the breaking point is a well timed account of Egypt close to the top of the 30-year Mubarak period. it's provided thematically, instead of chronologically, and probably the most exciting subject matters is the suggestion that while Egypt within the age of liberal nationalism (the Twenties and Thirties) and the Nasser years (1952-70) had a neighborhood status and a feeling of nationwide goal, Hosni Mubarak's regime misplaced either this status and this goal because it devolved right into a dreary despotism. but Osman writes with neither nostalgia nor disdain. Separate chapters talk about the Islamists, the Christians, the increase of liberal capitalism, and Egypt's adolescence. Even the belief, which speculates on who and what regime could change Mubarak, now overtaken by way of occasions, bargains invaluable recommendations on Egypt's distinct politics.”—L. Carl Brown, overseas Affairs
(L. Carl Brown international Affairs)

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15 The creation of Al-Wafd (‘the delegation’) – which came together to argue Egypt’s case for independence at the Paris peace conference in 1919 – was a milestone for the rising Egyptianism. Al-Wafd grew to become the country’s most popular and influential political party; it spearheaded the 33 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 31 32x EGYPT ON THE BRINK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 31 32x development of the 1923 constitution; and with the determination of its founding fathers (especially Saad Zaghloul Pasha, the iconic leader of Egypt’s struggle for independence) ushered in the country’s parliamentary life.

2 The redistribution also profited a select group of Albanian and Turkish officers and soldiers of fortune who had stood by Mohamed Ali in his military and political adventure; and some of those who had lobbied the court of the Ottoman Sultan in Istanbul in favour of acknowledging him as the ruler of an independent state within the empire. The Ottoman Sultan had nothing to offer but official recognition. For more than a century, the Ottomans’ grip over Egypt had been loosening as a result of the control of the warrior Kazdagli family over the country.

The best performers were rewarded with swaths of fertile land. The second factor was intermarriages. In the second half of the nineteenth century, an increasing number of up and coming Egyptians, especially in the fields of law, medicine and education, married into leading Turkish and Anatolian families that had settled in Egypt. In many cases, such marriages were alliances between heirs to Ottoman aristocratic families and aspiring Egyptians who had specific value to add to such unions of convenience – typically influence in a particular region in the Delta or Al-Saeed.

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