The Egyptians A radical history of Egypt's unfinished revolution

Jack Shenker

Book - 2017

In The Egyptians, journalist Jack Shenker uncovers the roots of the uprising that succeeded in toppling Hosni Mubarak, one of the Middle East's most entrenched dictators, and explores a country now divided between two irreconcilable political orders. Challenging conventional analyses that depict contemporary Egypt as a battle between Islamists and secular forces, The Egyptians illuminates other, equally important fault lines: far-flung communities waging war against transnational corporatio...ns, men and women fighting to subvert long-established gender norms, and workers dramatically seizing control of their own factories. Putting the Egyptian revolution in its proper context as an ongoing popular struggle against state authority and economic exclusion, The Egyptians explains why the events of the past five years have proved so threatening to elites both inside Egypt and abroad. As Egypt's rulers seek to eliminate all forms of dissent, seeded within the rebellious politics of Egypt's young generation are big ideas about democracy, sovereignty, social justice, and resistance that could yet change the world. -- Provided by publisher.

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Subjects
Genres
Personal narratives
Published
New York : The New Press 2017.
Language
English
Physical Description
538 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781620972557
1620972557
Main Author
Jack Shenker (author)
  • Prologue : 'the people want...'
  • 'This is our Egypt'
  • Palace ghosts and desert dreams
  • 'I love to singa'
  • The colonel's revenge
  • 'Who told you we were weak?'
  • Enough
  • 'The streets are ours'
  • The old ways and the new
  • Sheep manure and caramel
  • 'Now we make our dreams real in the daytime'
  • Writing walls
  • Body paint
  • Epilogue : journeys.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

An award-winning journalist, putting the Egyptian revolution in its proper context as an ongoing popular struggle against state authority and economic exclusion, explains why the events of the past five years have proved so threatening to elites both inside Egypt and abroad.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Places the Egyptian revolution in its proper context as an ongoing popular struggle against state authority and economic exclusion.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Author Jack Shenker is former Egypt correspondent for The Guardian. In this descriptive narrative for general readers, he explores the causes and legacy of the Egyptian Spring that ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak and offers an intimate portrait of the younger generation’s efforts to fight for social justice and democracy. Shenker looks beyond the simplistic dichotomy of Islamists and secular forces to other political and cultural divides and movements, such as workers’ rights and the anti-nuclear movement. Readers will meet real activists, musicians, graffiti artists, and others who are seeking to change traditional gender norms and fight against control by multinational corporations. B&w maps are included. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The award-winning journalist and longtime Cairo resident delivers a “meticulous, passionate study” of the ongoing battle for contemporary Egypt (The Guardian).
 
On January, 25, 2011, a revolution began in Egypt that succeeded in ousting the country’s longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak. In The Egyptians, journalist Jack Shenker uncovers the roots of the uprising and explores the country’s current state, divided between two irreconcilable political orders. Challenging conventional analyses that depict a battle between Islamists and secular forces, The Egyptians illuminates other, equally important fault lines: far-flung communities waging war against transnational corporations, men and women fighting to subvert long-established gender norms, and workers dramatically seizing control of their own factories.
 
Putting the Egyptian revolution in its proper context as an ongoing popular struggle against state authority and economic exclusion, The Egyptians explains why the events since 2011 have proved so threatening to elites both inside Egypt and abroad. As Egypt’s rulers seek to eliminate all forms of dissent, seeded within the rebellious politics of Egypt’s young generation are big ideas about democracy, sovereignty, social justice, and resistance that could yet change the world.
 
“I started reading this and couldn’t stop. It’s a remarkable piece of work, and very revealing. A stirring rendition of a people’s revolution as the popular forces that Shenker vividly depicts carry forward their many and varied struggles, with radical potential that extends far beyond Egypt.” —Noam Chomsky