Although official data suggest that Egypt avoided the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors have warned that the reality is far more grim. Their attempts to speak out have been met with harsh repression. A glance back at Egyptian history from the origins of the modern nation in the early nineteenth century reveals a consistent disregard for citizens’ health, apart from their usefulness as military conscripts.
Egypt’s Old Affliction of Aloof Rulers
Khaled Fahmy is a professor of modern Arabic studies at the University of Cambridge. His latest book is In Quest of Justice: Islamic Law and Forensic Medicine in Modern Egypt (University of California Press, 2018).
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Khaled Fahmy; Egypt’s Old Affliction of Aloof Rulers. Current History 19 November 2020; 119 (821): 362–364. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2020.119.821.362
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