Galal Amin

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Galal Ahmad Amin (born 1935) is an Egyptian economist and commentator, professor of economics at the American University in Cairo.[1] He has criticized the economic and cultural dependency of Egypt upon the West.[2]


Galal Amin was born in Egypt in 1935, the son of judge and academic Ahmad Amin. His brother is Hussein Ahmad Amin, an Egyptian writer and diplomat. Amin studied at Cairo University, graduating LL.B. in 1955 before studying for diplomas in economics and public law. Receiving a government grant to study in Britain, Amin gained a M.S. (1961) and Ph.D. (1964) in economics from London School of Economics. From 1964 to 1974 he taught economics at Ain Shams University, also working as economic advisor for the Kuwait Fund for Economic Development from 1969 to 1974. After a year's teaching at UCLA in 1978–1979, Amin joined The American University in Cairo.[1]

Published works[edit]

  • Food supply and economic development; with special reference to Egypt, 1966
  • The modernization of poverty : a study in the political economy of growth in nine Arab countries 1945-1970, 1974
  • Egypt's economic predicament : a study in the interaction of external pressure, political folly, and social tension in Egypt, 1960-1990, 1995
  • 'Whatever Happened to the Egyptians: changes in Egyptian society from 1950 to the present, AUC Press, 2000
  • Whatever Else Happened to the Egyptians: from the revolution to the age of globalization, AUC Press, 2004
  • The illusion of progress in the Arab world: a critique of Western misconstructions, 2005. Translated by David Wilmsen.
  • Egypt in the Era of Hosni Mubarak (1981-2011), 2011
  • Whatever Happened to the Egyptian Revolution?, 2014. Translated by Jonathan Wright.


  1. ^ a b Michael R. Fischbach, 'Amin, Galal (1935-)', in Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa. Online (subscription only) at HighBeam.
  2. ^ Boullata, Issa J. (1990). Trends and issues in contemporary Arab thought. State University of New York Press. pp. 99–105. ISBN 978-0-7914-0194-1. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 

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