Arab nation is one of the most ancient nations in the world. Their history goes back to The Bronze Age (3200–1300 BC). However, such a history is totally distorted as it was written according to the whims of the colonizers. Arab history has been massively transformed; their culture deprecated and entirely disparaged; their wealth plundered. However, some Arab and Arab-American writers have started a mission to rewrite the deformed history of Arabs. One of these writers is Samia Serageldin, whose novel The Naqib’s Daughter is a rewriting of the French invasion of Egypt in 1798. The present article argues that Egyptian history has been defaced by the colonial powers and that Serageldin has succeeded in bringing to light the false claims of the colonists. The article maintains that the novel is a counter-discursive postcolonial novel, in which Serageldin attempts to right and rewrite the history of Egypt from the point of view of Egyptians themselves. The article aims also at analyzing The Naqib’s Daughter in terms of the contemporary political developments in the Arab world and the role played by world superpowers in shaping and reshaping the contemporary history.
I got my Vengeance: Sexual Harassment, Coping Strategies and Counterproductive Behaviours in Egypt (Published)
Sexual harassment is a prevailing phenomenon in Egypt. However, there is limited research on workplace sexual harassment and its consequences. The current research tries to examine the relationships between workplace sexual harassment and counterproductive work behaviours. Moreover, the moderating effect of coping strategies on these relationship is also investigated. A convenience sample on 260 working women was drawn from different work settings in Cairo, Egypt. They responded to a three-part questionnaire that assesses workplace sexual harassment, coping strategies, and counterproductive work behaviours. The results indicated that workplace sexual harassment was positively correlated with all aspects of counterproductive work behaviours. Moreover, no moderation effects were obtained for different coping strategies. These results were discussed in the light of the extant theoretical and empirical literature. In addition, limitation, future research and conclusion are also reported.
Education Ltd.” – The Influence of British Earl of Cromer on the Education System in Egypt (1883 – 1907) (Published)
This article focuses on a historic issue: the influence of the Earl of Cromer (who served as the British Consul-General in Egypt) on the local education system. The writer has a PhD in education and a B.A. in Middle East History. Hence, the article reflects an inter-disciplinary approach – education and history. Coping with the issue was done via examination of the declared educational goals and the activities in practice as well as the local population’s responses to the activities. Allegedly, Cromer failed in his attempted reforms in Egyptian education. This article attempts to examine the issue from a process-holistic approach attributing meaning to all actions taken by Cromer in the education system.
Do the Different Components of the Internal Control System Significantly Contribute To the Quality of the Audit Report in Egypt? (Published)
This paper investigates the effects of internal control system (control environment, control activities, Risk assessment, information & communication and monitoring) (ICS) on the Quality of audit report (QAR). A questionnaire was used to collect data regarding the perceptions of the external and internal auditors on the effect of internal control system on the audit report quality. In order to support and confirm the questionnaire results, a number of interviews were conducted with two target groups. The questionnaire was distributed to (55) external and internal auditors, practicing the profession in Egypt after being reviewed by its professors in the Egyptian universities specialized in statistics.40 of which were received, this yields a response rate of 72%. The results of the statistical analysis showed a statistically significant effect of the information and communication, monitoring on the quality of the audit report. On the other hand, the relationship between (control environment, control activities and risk assessment) and audit report quality not significant. The research makes a significant contribution to knowledge and practice in the auditing field in Egypt, by identifying the justification for this finding is that internal control systems in Egyptian companies are flawed and lack the current scientific tools because most of these companies rely on old procedures to evaluate their internal control systems. Therefore, these procedures must be modified and overcomed.
AN APPLICABLE APPROACH TO GREEN ARCHITECTURE IN EGYPT PROPOSED MEASUREMENT MATRIX MODEL TO ASSESS THE USE OF HISTORIC ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS AND REPERTOIRE IN THE APPLICATION OF GREEN ARCHITECTURE PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS (Published)
This research paper sheds light on how to stimulate the role of historic architectural elements and repertoire in Egypt in order to apply green architecture principles. The paper assumes that architectural solutions used in historic buildings constitute important elements favoring the application of green architecture principles in residential construction. A model measurement matrix intended for use in the realization of this assumption is proposed.The paper begins with an overview of the Egyptian Green Pyramid rating system, a tool used to measure buildings’ adherence to environmental standards, and their fundamental conditions and criteria. The measurement matrix proposed by the researchers (along with its major evaluation criteria) is then presented. Following a discussion of green architecture in Egypt and a review of the green architecture aspects in the repertoire of historic Islamic architecture, an explanation of the measurement method employed is provided. The paper goes on to investigate historic residential buildings (the Al-Suheimi House and the Zeinab Khatoun House), pointing out the environmental elements and concepts featured in their architectural design. Analytical studies of green residential buildings (projects that were awarded first prize in the Toshka Green Architecture Competition) and of eco-friendly residential buildings reveal the environmental merits of Islamic architecture (Aga Khan and Hassan Fathy award-winning projects). The above buildings are examined and assessed using both the measurement matrix and the Green Pyramid rating system as comparative references in order to corroborate the environmental suitability of Islamic architectural elements and to demonstrate how they may be assessed and applied. The paper concludes that the degree of application of the measurement matrix is directly proportional to the degree of application of Green Pyramid rating system criteria. The proposed measurement matrix model can thus realistically be considered a major approach to the application of green architecture principles.