- Code MEAS6008
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, International Relations, Middle East Studies
Since early Twentieth century, Egypt has been home to many of the Middle East most significant social, political and ideological movements. Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser’s leadership of the non-aligned movement as well as his pan-Arabist ideology has brought Egyptian politics and foreign policy to world attention. The recent Arab uprisings and their aftermath have again brought to the fore the importance of Egyptian internal politics and their ramifications regionally and globally. An understanding of the society and politics of Egypt is essential to contextualising the recent events. The course will examine Egypt’s complex history with authoritarianism, populism, civil society activism, informal politics and the interplay between economic development and political trends.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the politics and society of Egypt in the modern and contemporary eras;
- consider and understand the economic, social and political changes which have affected Egypt within the wider Middle East region and globally
- develop understanding of the major social and political trends in Egyptian society and politics;
- develop analytical skills through critical reading, discussions, and in the writing of essays and reaction papers; and
- develop reasoned arguments and communicate ideas cogently both orally and in writing.
- Class Participation (10) [LO 4,5]
- Two Reaction Papers (1000 words and 20% each) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Essay 4000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 2 hours of seminars per week; and
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
El Shakry, O. (2007) The Great Social Laboratory: Subjects of Knowledge in Colonial and Postcolonial Egypt. Stanford University Press.
Salem, Sara: Anticolonial Afterlives in Egypt: The Politics of Hegemony (Cambridge University Press 2020)
Ismail, Salwa: Political Life in Cairo's New Quarters. Encountering the Everyday State (University of Minnesota Press 2006).
Rutherford, Bruce: Egypt after Mubarak: Liberalism, Islam and Democracy in the Arab World (PUP 2008)
Posusney, M: Labor and the state in Egypt: workers, unions, and economic restructuring (Columbia University Press 1997)
Sowers, J and Toensing C: The Journey to Tahrir: Revolution, Protest, and Social Change in Egypt (Verso 2012)
Mehrez, Samia: Egypt’s Culture Wars: Politics and Practice, Routledge 2008.
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