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Maha Abdelrahman

New Texts Out Now: Maha Abdelrahman, Egypt's Long Revolution: Protest Movements and Uprisings

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Maha Abdelrahman, Egypt's Long Revolution: Protest Movements and Uprisings. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Maha Abdelrahman (MA): The idea for the book began to crystallize in the second half of the 2000s, but the book I started writing was not the same as the one I finished! At the time, I was one of a group of researchers that was studying the rise of new forms of activism and a new political culture of resistance in ...

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Genealogies and Balance Sheets of the Arab Uprisings

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Gilbert Achcar, The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising. Translated by G. M. Goshgarian. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013. In Alice in Wonderland, a flustered white rabbit asks the king: “Where shall I begin, your majesty?” The king answers gravely: “Begin at the beginning…and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” Telling a story—let alone one as complicated as that of the Arab uprisings and their historical lineage—from ...

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تنظيم المخلّ بالنظام؟ الباعة المتجولون والدولة التنمويّة

[ بائع أقنعة واقية. ميدان التحرير، ٢٣، ١١، ٢٠١١. الصورة من جيجي إبراهيم ]

 عندما أصدر الرئيس مرسي في العشرين من تشرين الثاني (من العام الماضي) مرسومه المثير للجدل والذي يقع خارج صلاحياته الدستورية، والذي قام لاحقاً بإلغائه جزئياً جرّاء ضغط شعبي هائل، وعد باستعمال صلاحياته التشريعية الإستثنائية الممنوحة له فقط في حدود مقلصة للغاية. وعندما قام فعلياً بممارسة هذه الصلاحيات، قام بذلك سريعاً من أجل سنّ قانون رقم 105/2012 وذلك في خضم ما بات يوصف –دون مغالاة- باللحظات الأكثر حسماً في تاريخ مصر الحديث. حتى المحلل السياسي الأكثر تمرّساً يمكن أن يغفر ...

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Ordering the Disorderly? Street Vendors and the Developmentalist State

[Gasmasks vendor near Tahrir Square. 23 November 2011. Photo by Gigi Ibrahim]

When President Mohamed Morsi issued his highly controversial extra-constitutional decree on 20 November, which he later partially annulled under mass public protest, he promised to use the extraordinary legislative powers it afforded him only within very limited boundaries. When he actually used these powers, he did so very quickly to pass law 105/2012 in the midst of what could be described, without too much exaggeration, as one of the most critical moments in Egypt’s ...

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Maha Abdelrahman


Maha Abdelrahman is a Lecturer at the Centre of Development Studies and the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge. She is the author of Egypt's Long Revolution: Protest Movements and Uprisings (Routledge, 2014); among her other publications are Civil Society Exposed: The Politics of NGOs in Egypt (I. B. Tauris, 2004); “The Transnational and the Local: Egyptian Activists and Transnational Protest Networks,” in British Journal of Middle East Studies (2011); “NGOs and the Dynamics of the Egyptian Labor Market,” in Development in Practice (2007); and “The Nationalization of the Human Rights Debate in Egypt,” in Nations and Nationalism (2007).

مها عبد الرحمن أستاذة محاضرة في مركز دراسات التنمية في جامعة كامبرج