Egypt: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
For thousands of years the fertile banks of the Nile have beenhome to human settlement, and throughout its history Egypt hasexchanged influences with the many different cultures it hasencountered: Greek, Roman, Persian and Arab.At first sight, modern-day Egypt is an unruly and chaotic place,a cacophony of sounds, an overload of smells, and a visual theater.Ancient church domes and medieval minarets share the same spacewith fast-food chains and Internet cafés.As in many developing countries, only certain aspects of thistraditional and deeply conservative society have been affected bymodernization. One can pay telephone bills on the Internet, thoughmore than half the population is illiterate. Televisions infashionable cafés play daring music videos, with the call to prayerbooming from loudspeakers five times a day. In Egypt eachindividual finds his or her way of coping with change, while tryingto uphold traditional values.Culture Smart! Egypt reveals a country in the throes of change.It explores the codes and paradoxes of Egyptian life, outlines thecountry’s history and shows the forces that have shaped itssensibility. It explains values and attitudes, guides you throughlocal customs and traditions and opens a window into the privatelives of Egyptians, including how they behave at home and interactwith foreigners. It also offers practical advice, from how to makefriends to avoiding cultural faux pas.