This book traces the history of violence that colored the relationship between Egyptian policemen and citizens.
It starts with a historical background, tracing the development of the first security institutions in the ancient Egyptian civilization, and its evolution across the Greek, Roman, Islamic, and Ottoman occupations to Egypt.
Next chapters show the increasingly growing role of the well-settled police institution, as well as the state security intelligence, highlighting significant events during the ruling period of earlier Egyptian presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar El Sadat.
The section ends by display of the oppressive role of the ministry of interior during the ousted president Mubarak’s era; where the political system was responsible for an uncountable number of victims of torture and state violence.
Basma Abd El Aziz: Psychiatrist and writer, Born in Cairo, 1976. Having an Ms. Of Neuropsychiatry, faculty of medicine, Ein shams university in 2005 , and Diploma of Sociology from the institute of Arab research and studies in 2010.
Wrote two collections of short stories, “ashan rabena yesahel: may god make it easy” published 2007, and honored by “Sawiris Foundation Award for Egyptian literature” 2008, and “al walad allazy ekhtafa: the boy who disappeared”, that was honored by the award of “General Administration of Cultural Palaces” (Governmental Institution) 2008.
This is one of most successful books published by Sefsafa, it had a prize as a research in 2009, published as a book early 2011.
After the Egyptian revolution it become a big hit because of his topic, 6000 copies printed from the book, and it adopted by the Egyptian Gov. to be subsidized and distributed on large scale.
It had many and good reviews in Arabic newspapers mainly in Egypt.