By Saad Eddin Ibrahim
Those essays via one in every of Egypt's such a lot influential intellectuals supply a desirable point of view at the political, non secular, fiscal, and social problems with modern Egypt. Written over a interval of fifteen years, the essays hide various themes together with civil society and the clients for democratization in Egypt and the zone, the city sociology of Cairo, the improvement of Egypt's landed bourgeoisie, structural adjustment and the strategies of monetary liberalization, and the complexities of ethnic conflicts and minorities within the Arab international. a couple of essays tackle diversified points of Islamic activism in Egypt: the formation, club, and actions of activist teams and their philosophies, political and social roles, and ideological family members with the West. Written at a variety of issues within the glossy historical past of Islamic activism, democratic reform, and fiscal and social liberalization, those essays mirror the approaches of switch and continuity within the sociopolitical improvement of present-day Egypt, whereas a brand new postscript written through the writer in 2001 brings the tale into standpoint initially of the twenty-first century.