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The dominion of progress

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This chapter argues that alongside the establishment of its first two pillars, namely the pillar of social integrality and solidarity among individuals and classes, and the pillar of protecting and defending the weak within the framework of rules of morality and justice, the New Code also sought to establish the third pillar, one that is at first glance no less pretentious than the first two: to remove obstacles that had hindered economic and social life in Egypt for generations, and, by so doing, to enable strong, dynamic and entrepreneurial forces in the country to move forward to a new Egyptian future. Within the Egyptian conceptual world, and particularly in the context of the New Code, 'Abd al-Razzāq al-Sanhūrī referred to takhayyur, i.e., the selection of elements that are positive and appropriate, in terms of a security valve to counter the alarmingly endless nature of progress.

Keywords: 'Abd al-Razzāq al-Sanhūrī; dynamic progress; Egyptian future; justice; morality; New Code



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