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Undergraduate Course: Egypt: Political Dynamics in a Changing Middle East (PLIT10092)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAs the Arab worlds most populous country and home to many of the regions more significant political and ideological movements, Egyptian politics and foreign policy have had substantial influence beyond the countrys borders. The events of the Arab Spring have brought Egyptian internal politics to world attention for the first time since the days of Gamal Abdel Nasser. The outbreak and then apparent failure of the 25 January 2011 revolution has had powerful ripples throughout the Middle East and beyond. An understanding of the politics and sociology of Egypt is essential to contextualising such events. Egypt is also a useful case study for exploring issues related to authoritarianism, populism, informal politics and the interplay between economic development and politics in the non-Western world.
Course description Week 1: The formation of the Egyptian state up to the revolution of 1919

Week 2: The emergence of popular political movements

Week 3: Nassers state: populism, corporatism and charismatic leadership

Week 4: Anwar Sadat and the politics and economic liberalisation

Week 5: Mubaraks Egypt

Week 6: Political Islam

Week 7: Foreign policy

Week 8: Clientalism and informal politics

Week 9: Protest movements

Week 10: A new Egypt?

Week 11: Conclusion & revision
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 4 Politics/International Relations courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of Egyptian politics and sociology.
  2. Evaluate contending approaches to Egyptian politics and sociology.
  3. Be able to place contemporary political dynamics in Egypt within a broader historical, social and political context.
Reading List
Brownlee, Jason. Authoritarianism in an Age of Democratization. Cambridge [England]; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Deeb, Marius. Arab Republic of Egypt. In The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, edited by David E Long and Bernard Reich, 340369. 4th ed. Oxford: Westview, 2002.
Kandil, Hazem. Soldiers, Spies, and Statesmen: Egypts Road to Revolt, 2012. (
Owen, Roger. State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East (Routledge, 2004).
Kassem, Maye. Egyptian Politics: The Dynamics of Authoritarian Rule (Boulder, C.O.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2004).
Henry, Clement M. Globalization and the Politics of Development in the Middle East. Second edition. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
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Course organiserDr Ewan Stein
Tel: (0131 6)50 4264
Course secretaryMiss Sarah McAllister
Tel: (0131 6)51 7143
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