Reconstructing rural Egypt : Ahmed Hussein and the history of Egyptian development /
Amy J. Johnson.
1st ed.
Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2004.
xxiii, 304 p. : ill., ports.
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Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 2004.
contents note
Origins of Hussein's reform ideas -- The professor and the inspector -- The Ministry of Social Affairs and the Rural Centers Project -- Gaining international recognition -- After 1952, Hussein and Gamal Abd al-Nasir -- Hussein's legacy.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Amy J. Johnson is assistant professor of history at Berry College and serves as the faculty advisor for its Model Arab League.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-09-01:
Johnson (history, Berry College, Georgia) has particular interests in the history of rural development in Egypt. This is a well-written biography of Ahmed Hussein, a respected and internationally recognized senior government official, social scientist, and rural reformer who initiated an innovative program of integrated and participatory Rural Social Centers prior to the 1952 revolution, served as minister of social affairs, 1950-51, and as ambassador to the US, 1953-58. The book places his professional career and theories and practices of rural development and rehabilitation in the broader context of Egyptian history, society, and politics in the 20th century. Johnson concludes that he is "a mirror of the age in which he lived." Hussein's experiences in pre-1952 social planning and postrevolutionary service, and his subsequent retirement and dissatisfaction, were "typical of an entire generation of Egyptian intellectuals and public servants." ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. B. Harris Jr. Occidental College
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Unpaid Annotation
Analyzes the development of ideas of social reform through a biography of one of Egypt's most effective but least well-known reformers.
Bowker Data Service Summary
The Rural Social Centres of the German-educated Ahmed Hussein were the cornerstones of his project initiatives, encouraging integrated social services through complete community participation. Amy J. Johnson analyses his career and the development of ideas of social reform in Egypt.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
A Note on Transliterationp. xv
Abbreviationsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
Origins of Hussein's Reform Ideasp. 1
The Professor and the Inspectorp. 20
The Ministry of Social Affairs and the Rural Social Centersp. 47
Gaining International Recognitionp. 119
After 1952: Hussein and Gamal 'Abd al-Nasirp. 163
Hussein's Legacyp. 216
Notesp. 239
Glossaryp. 281
Bibliographyp. 283
Indexp. 297
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