Egypt

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FM 3-24, the Army Field Manual that covers Counterinsurgency, defines culture as a system of shared beliefs, values, customs, behaviors, and artifacts that members of a society use to cope with their world and with one another. (p. 3-6) The common definition according to dictionary.reference.com defines it as the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc. The common theme between these two definitions is that culture is how a society values its history, and the impact that history has had on how people interact, value, and regard each other. Through generations, these beliefs are learned though a process called enculturation. (FM 3-24, p. 3-6) This is accomplished by sharing of information from elder members of society to the younger generations. This integration allows people in a society to live and think in ways forming definite, repeating patterns. (FM 3-24, p. 3-6) As people interact and form different views and societal norms, the culture adapts and evolves.
Egypt is predominantly desert, with about 35,000 square kilometers of area, however only about 3.5 percent of that land area is settled or cultivated. (Metz 96) There are four distinct areas of geographical importance within the country. The Nile Valley and Delta are where most habitation has occurred. This is of course primarily because of the importance of water to civilization. The Sinai Peninsula is another area where population centers exist. This is mainly due to the proximity to ports and shipping lanes. The least habitable and least favorable for settling and cultivation, and for civilization in general are the Libyan and Arabian deserts, also known a...

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... huge part of this society in its early stages. Egypt has adapted and evolved throughout its history and its evolution is evident in its current state. The people of Egypt hold their history very close to their heart and you can tell by the many museums and cultural websites there are to find. The passion that they have for what they want out of their government and their country is equitable to ours when we were a young nation. I see the devotion to gain freedoms we westerners take for granted in every story I read or see on the television. The people of Egypt are not turning their backs on their heritage, they are writing their own chapter in history to the tune of human rights and dignities. The population yearns for a society that maintains their rich past while at the same time provides them with basic civil liberties that the rest of the modern world enjoys.

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