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Egypt’s Tahrir revolution
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Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013
Physical Description:
vii, 287 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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30000010321864 DT107.87 E39 2013 Open Access Book Book

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The eighteen day revolt that ended Hosni Mubarak's thirty years of rule marked a historic turning point in the political fortunes not only of Egypt, but of the entire Middle East. While the impact of that seminal event will continue to unfold for years, this volume, written by members of the Department of Political Science at the American University in Cairo, presents a timely and authoritative exploration of the circumstances and implications both political and theoretical that surrounded what has come to be known as the Tahrir Revolution. The authors balanced scholarly analysis illuminates much about the practical meaning of the revolution for Egyptians, other regional actors, and students of political science in the broadest sense.

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This is a collection of 14 readable and generally enlightening essays relating to the overthrow of the Hosni Mubarak dictatorship, including introductory and concluding pieces by the editors, Tschirgi, Kazziha, and McMahon (American Univ. in Cairo), that ask whether a revolution has occurred and speculate about the future in an attempt to provide some cohesion to the volume. The first section of the book focuses on political, social, and economic aspects of the Mubarak period as well as on the role of youth, women, and Islamists in the revolt. Then come pieces dealing with the broader regional context, including challenges to patronage regimes in the Arab world. The last section goes further afield to make comparisons with the East German upheaval of 1989; to focus on Israel's fearful reaction and its efforts to prevent the Egyptian uprising from succeeding; and to consider the way the Obama administration, threatened with the loss of a key US client regime, nevertheless within a few days saw the futility of trying to keep Mubarak in power and--in line with longstanding rhetoric about promoting democracy--called for his resignation. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, upper-division undergraduate students, and above. G. E. Perry emeritus, Indiana State University