Book Review: Galal Amin’s Egyptians in the Mubarak Era

Galal Amin. Photo from the AUC website

I wrote a review of  Galal Amin‘s book:  Egypt and Egyptians in the Mubarak. The book is rife with contradictions, arbitrary judgments and a strong nostalgic tone.

In the book, Amin uses the “soft state” theory developed by Swedish Nobel Laureate economist Gunnar Myrdal to explain the 25 January revolution. A “soft state” is one that’s unwilling to perform its main functions – namely preserving law and order – leaving mediocrity and lawlessness to prevail. According to Myrdal in his seminal 1968 book, Asian Drama, there’s no respect for the law in such a state, and breaking legal codes is the cultural norm.

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The book was translated into English under the title Egypt in the Era of Hosni Mubarak, 1981–2011
Click here to read the whole review in Al-Masry Al-Youm

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