Culture, Civilization, and Humanity / Edition 1

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Divided into four parts and comprising Tarek Heggy's writings on the Egyptian mind, this volume makes an attempt to diagnose the illnesses of contemporary Egyptian political and socio-economic actuality and prescribe two solutions: a liberal political system and a modern market economy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714684345
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/30/2003
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Essays on the Values of Progress 1
Introduction: The English Edition 3
Prelude 4
1 Some Basic Remarks About the Values of Progress 5
2 The Most Important Values of Progress 9
3 Source and Identity 42
4 Cultural Specificity 44
5 Building a Strong Society 48
Pt. II Essays on Egypt's Cultural Dilemma 51
Introduction 53
1 Why Do I Write? 54
2 The 'Big-Talk' Syndrome 57
3 Singing Our Own Praises 61
4 Between a Culture of Peace and a Culture of War 65
5 Egyptian Identity and Globalization 69
6 Humanity, America and Civilization 73
7 Reflections on an American Trip 82
8 Localized to the Spine 92
9 The Anatomy of Apathy 94
10 The United States and the World Future 99
11 Egypt's Economic Reform in the Balance 103
12 The Arab Mindset and the Conspiracy Theory 108
13 Complacency: 'Enough is Enough' 119
14 Civilized Debate versus Fascist Intimidation 121
15 Technological Advancement Prerequisites: Wealth or Management? 124
16 Does 'Intellectuality' Have a 'Nationality'? 127
17 Imperative Management Reform 131
18 Fateful Transformation 135
19 The Tragedy of Education and Culture in Egypt 152
Pt. III Essays on Contemporary Egyptian Problems 167
Introduction 169
1 The Tragedy of Subsidies 170
2 The Art of Work: An Art We Have Lost 179
3 Who are the Makers of History: Circumstances or People? 183
4 The Difficult Equation of Change versus Stability 188
5 Religious Extremism in Egypt 193
6 The Egyptian Problem: Origins and Analysis 197
7 What is to be Done? 205
8 The Four Idols 221
9 Promoting Reading as a Hobby and a Methodology 227
10 Egyptians Between Rights and Duties 231
11 Saad Zaghlul and the Unity of the Two Elements of the Egyptian Nation 237
12 Management and Society 243
13 Reflections on 'Buffoonery' and 'Failure' 260
Pt. IV Essays on the Imperative Fall of Socialism: A Critique of Marxism 265
Introduction 267
1 Marxism: Where To? 268
2 The Dictatorship of the Proletariat 275
3 Eurocommunism 288
4 The Revealing Light of Democracy and the Darkness of the Single Opinion 300
5 Marxist Economics Between Theory and Practice 326
6 The Individual and Society 349
7 Marxism Between Protestantism and Catholicism 359
8 Communist Propaganda in the Balance of Truth 362
Notes 368
Index 385
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