Educational Roots of Political Crisis in Egypt

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Egypt is known for its educational influence over other civilizations and countries. As one of the earliest creators of systems of literacy, mathematics, astronomy, engineering, and science, Egyptians led much of the world in acquiring and applying their knowledge throughout their 5,500 years of recorded history. Egyptian education figured prominently in the formation and spread of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions. Modern Egypt is the most populous Arab state and has continued to lead the region in education, literature, music, architecture, cinema, radio, and television. There are few middle Eastern political issues—from the War on Terrorism to the Palestinian Israeli conflict—that can be discussed without involving the impact of Egyptian education and its leadership. Contemporary Egypt and its connections to antiquity are not always well understood. Educational Roots of Political Crisis in Egypt explores Egypt's political, economic, social, and cultural leadership from the remarkable civilization of the past to the unique socialistic/capitalistic educational conglomerate of today. Cochran details the outcomes of over thirty years of enormous foreign aid allocated to education, particularly from the World Bank and the United States, in never before documented descriptions. Foreign and Egyptian development of education enables readers familiar with some aspects of politics of the Middle East to make predictions about the future.

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Editorial Reviews

Arthur Goldschmidt
This new book treats an issue of vital importance to Egypt's future and offers a trenchant critique of the educational policies and procedures of the Egyptian government and of the oversight role played up to now by the United States government.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739118986
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 10/23/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Cochran is the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Tutorial Education and director of the Regional Institute of Tutorial Education at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 I. Roots of Modern Education Chapter 3 II. Early Religious Education Chapter 4 III. Mamluk and Ottoman Education Chapter 5 IV. British Occupation of Egypt 1882-1919/1957 Chapter 6 V. Nationalization 1920-1952 Chapter 7 VI. A Revolution that Socialized Education 1952-1970 Chapter 8 VII. The Open Door Educational Policy 1970-1983 Chapter 9 VIII. Reorganization of Public Education from 1975 to Present Chapter 10 IX. Educational Reform: United States of America and World Bank Funding 1974-2010 Chapter 11 X. Women, Education, and Politics Chapter 12 XI. Adult and Alternative Education Reforms 1920's to Present Chapter 13 XII. Tutoring in the 21st Century Chapter 14 XIII. Crisis in Educational Administration: Examples Taken from Pre-School and University Management Chapter 15 XIV. Results of Elementary and Secondary School Reorganizing 1980 to Present Chapter 16 XV. Conclusion: Crisis in Education in Contemporary Egypt

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