Arab Spring in Egypt

Revolution and Beyond

Edited by Bahgat Korany
Rabab El-Mahdi

Beginning in Tunisia, and spreading to as many as seventeen Arab countries, the street protests of the ‘Arab Spring’ in 2011 empowered citizens an

English edition
1 September 2014
364 pp.
15X23cm
ISBN 9789774166464
For sale worldwide

$24.95

Beginning in Tunisia, and spreading to as many as seventeen Arab countries, the street protests of the ‘Arab Spring’ in 2011 empowered citizens and banished their fear of speaking out against governments. The Arab Spring belied Arab exceptionalism, widely assumed to be the natural state of stagnation in the Arab world amid global change and progress. The collapse in February 2011 of the regime in the region’s most populous country, Egypt, led to key questions of why, how, and with what consequences did this occur? Inspired by the “contentious politics” school and Social Movement Theory, Arab Spring in Egypt addresses these issues, examining the reasons behind the collapse of Egypt’s authoritarian regime; analyzing the group dynamics in Tahrir Square of various factions: labor, youth, Islamists, and women; describing economic and external issues and comparing Egypt’s transition with that of Indonesia; and reflecting on the challenges of transition. “Its analysis is as fresh as the breathtaking events it covers.”—Nathan Brown, George Washington University “Arab Spring in Egypt is a modern history study that brings much greater understanding to light about the views of modern Arab people and the future they see for their country.”—Midwest Book Review

Bahgat Korany

Bahgat Korany is professor of international relations and political economy at the American University in Cairo, and director of the AUC Forum. He is the editor (with Ali E. Hillal Dessouki) of The Foreign Policies of Arab States (AUC Press, 2008).

Rabab El-Mahdi

Rabab El-Mahdi is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the American University in Cairo, and the co-editor of Egypt: Moment of Change (AUC Press, 2009).
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