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Egypt, Democracy, and Revolution: A Reappraisal
A Crown Seminar with Mona El-Ghobashy

A standard narrative about the 2011 revolution that ousted Egypt's longtime
president, Hosni Mubarak, is that it ended in tragic failure. Instead of
compromising and collaborating, civilian factions bitterly fought one
other, enabling the military to abort a fledgling democracy and install a
brutal dictatorship. But what were politicians and activists fighting
about? And how were other interest groups, such as bureaucrats,
parliamentarians, and judges, decisive players in post-Mubarak politics? In
this talk, based on her forthcoming book, Bread and Freedom: Egypt's
Revolutionary Situation, Mona El-Ghobashy will map out the political
conflicts powering Egypt's interregnum of 2011-2013. Coming to terms with
what these struggles were about will further our understanding of both
democratization and revolution.

Mona El-Ghobashy is a clinical assistant professor in liberal studies at
New York University.
Youssef El Chazli, discussant, is a junior research fellow at the Crown

Co-sponsored with the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies program,
Department of Politics, and International and Global Studies program at

This seminar will not be recorded.

Mar 3, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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