Item description for The Egyptian Peasant by Henry H. Ayrout, John Alden Williams, John Alden Williams, Morroe Berger & Margo Veillon...
Egypt has changed enormously in the last half century, and nowhere more so than in the villages of the Nile Valley. Electrification, radio, and television have brought the larger world into the houses. Government schools have increased educational horizons for the children. Opportunities to work in other areas of the Arab world have been extended to peasants as well as to young artisans from the towns. Urbanization has brought many families to live in the belts of substandard housing around the major cities.
But the conservative and traditional world of unremitting labor that characterizes the lives of the Egyptian peasants, or fellaheen, also survives, and nowhere has it been better described than in this classic account by Father Henri Habib Ayrout, an Egyptian Jesuit sociologist who dedicated most of his life to creating a network of free schools for rural children at a time when there were very few. First published in French in 1938, the book went through several revisions by the author before being translated and published in English in 1963. The often poetic yet factual and deeply empathetic description Father Ayrout detailed of fellah life is still reliable and still poignant; a measure by which the progress of the countryside must always be gauged.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774248716 ISBN13 9789774248719
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More About Henry H. Ayrout, John Alden Williams, John Alden Williams, Morroe Berger & Margo Veillon
FR. HENRI HABIB AYROUT, S.J. (1907-69) was a distinguished Egyptian Catholic educator and sociologist, from a Syrian family. In 1940, he established the Catholic Association for Schools of Egypt. In the 1960s, he was rector of the Jesuit College in Cairo.
Henry Habib Ayrout was born in 1907 and died in 1969.
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The best book I ever read in 2009 Dec 24, 2009
The Egyptian Peasant is the best book I Ever read in 2009. This is one of the classical books that describe the life of the Egyptian peasants that was written by a native researcher rather than an Orientalist, but by a social scientist who understands the community and witnesses its evolution.