Abdel Fattah chose very early on to pursue a military career, which is an excellent way to climb the social ladder in an Egypt overwhelmed by all sorts of obstacles.
The current Egyptian President is one of the 14 children of a shopkeeper who worked in the tourist district of Khan al-Khalili in Cairo. His father married twice, and Sisi’s mother was his first spouse. He grew up in a conservative environment where boys and girls all had to learn the Koran by heart. He married one of his cousins without, it seems, it having been arranged. The fact that Mrs Sisi is veiled has fuelled many rumours on her husband's supposed "Islamism".