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Background: The regularity and richness of the annual Nile River flood, coupled with semi-isolation provided by deserts to the east and west, allowed for the development of one of the world's great civilizations. A unified kingdom arose circa 3200 B.C., and a series of dynasties ruled in Egypt for the next three millennia. The last native dynasty fell to the Persians in 341 B.C., who in turn were replaced by the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines. It was the Arabs who introduced Islam and the Arabic language in the 7th century and who ruled for the next six centuries. A local military caste, the Mamluks took control about 1250 and continued to govern after the conquest of Egypt by the Ottoman Turks in 1517. Following the completion of the Suez Canal in 1869, Egypt became an important world transportation hub, but also fell heavily into debt. Ostensibly to protect its investments, Britain seized control of Egypt's government in 1882, but nominal allegiance to the Ottoman Empire continued until 1914. Partially independent from the UK in 1922, Egypt acquired full sovereignty with the overthrow of the British-backed monarchy in 1952. The completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1971 and the resultant Lake Nasser have altered the time-honored place of the Nile River in the agriculture and ecology of Egypt. A rapidly growing population (the largest in the Arab world), limited arable land, and dependence on the Nile all continue to overtax resources and stress society. The government has struggled to meet the demands of Egypt's growing population through economic reform and massive investment in communications and physical infrastructure.
Location: Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Libya and the Gaza Strip, and the Red Sea north of Sudan, and includes the Asian Sinai Peninsula
Area land: 995,450 sq km
Area water: 6,000 sq km
Coastline: 2,450 km
Country name conventional long form: Arab Republic of Egypt
Country name conventional short form: Egypt
Country name former: United Arab Republic (with Syria)
Population: 82,079,636 (July 2011 est.)
Age structure: 0-14 years: 32.7% (male 13,725,282/female 13,112,157); 15-64 years: 62.8% (male 26,187,921/female 25,353,947); 65 years and over: 4.5% (male 1,669,313/female 2,031,016) (2011 est.);
Population growth rate: 1.96% (2011 est.)
Birth rate: 24.63 births/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Death rate: 4.82 deaths/1,000 population (July 2011 est.)
Net migration rate: -0.21 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female; under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female; 15-64 years: 1.03 male(s)/female; 65 years and over: 0.83 male(s)/female; total population: 1.03 male(s)/female (2011 est.);
Infant mortality rate: total: 25.2 deaths/1,000 live births; male: 26.8 deaths/1,000 live births; female: 23.52 deaths/1,000 live births (2011 est.);
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 72.66 years; male: 70.07 years; female: 75.38 years (2011 est.);
Total fertility rate: 2.97 children born/woman (2011 est.);
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: less than 0.1% (2009 est.);
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: 11,000 (2009 est.);
HIV/AIDS - deaths: fewer than 500 (2009 est.);
Nationality: noun: Egyptian(s); adjective: Egyptian;
Ethnic groups: Egyptian 99.6%, other 0.4% (2006 census);
Religions: Muslim (mostly Sunni) 90%, Coptic 9%, other Christian 1%;
Languages: Arabic (official), English and French widely understood by educated classes;
Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read and write; total population: 71.4%; male: 83%; female: 59.4% (2005 est.);
GDP (purchasing power parity): $500.9 billion (2010 est.); $475.7 billion (2009 est.); $454.8 billion (2008 est.);

note: data are in 2010 US dollars

GDP (official exchange rate): $216.8 billion (2010 est.);
GDP - real growth rate: 5.3% (2010 est.); 4.6% (2009 est.); 7.2% (2008 est.);
GDP - per capita (PPP): $6,200 (2010 est.); $6,000 (2009 est.); $5,900 (2008 est.);
note: data are in 2010 US dollars

GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 13.5%; industry: 37.9%; services: 48.6% (2010 est.);
Population below poverty line: 20% (2005 est.);
Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: 3.9%; highest 10%: 27.6% (2005);
Labor force: 26.1 million (2010 est.);
Labor force - by occupation: agriculture: 32%; industry: 17%; services: 51% (2001 est.);
Unemployment rate: 9.7% (2010 est.); 9.4% (2009 est.);
Budget: revenues: $46.82 billion; expenditures: $64.19 billion (2010 est.);
Industries: textiles, food processing, tourism, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, hydrocarbons, construction, cement, metals, light manufactures;
Industrial production growth rate: 5.5% (2010 est.);
Electricity - production: 118.4 billion kWh (2007 est.);
Electricity - consumption: 104.1 billion kWh (2007 est.);
Electricity - exports: 814 million kWh (2007 est.);
Electricity - imports: 251 million kWh (2007 est.);

Statistics: CIA World Factbook.


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The Brotherhood: Empowered by Its Weakness

The revolution in Egypt succeeded because it had no obvious Islamist image, and the Muslim Brotherhood has benefited from its soft, supportive presence.

The Future of Egypt's Political Soul

Now that Mubarak's 30-year reign has come to an end, the variegated segments of Egypt's society must work together to transfer power from the military to a modern, transformed political framework.

The Ubiquity of Militant Rationale

An opportunity has emerged in Egypt and the Middle East for a more democratic form of government, but democracy has come to carry with it a militancy that keeps the world at war.

A New Day in Egypt

The ouster of Mubarak in Egypt has left a question mark not only on Egypt's future, but on the fate of the whole region. First Tunisia, then Egypt. Which dictator is next to be pulled down?


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