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Sherene Seikaly and Pascale Ghazaleh


Abduh al-Fallah: Elite Myths and Popular Uprisings

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The refrain “al-sha‘b/yu-rîd/is-qât/al-ni-zâm” has proven resiliently mobile: it rang out in Tunisia, echoed in Tahrir, traveled west to Libya and Algeria, and east to Yemen, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. A central part of this poetic and exhilarating refrain is al-sha’b: the people. How do we understand the people today when the term has come to be at best a glorified, naïve idea and at worst a stale concept? As we witness popular mass mobilization overthrow some of the most ...

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Sherene Seikaly and Pascale Ghazaleh


Sherene Seikaly is Assistant Professor of History at the American University in Cairo and co-Editor of the Arab Studies Journal. She was the Qatar Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgetown University (2007-2008) and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Middle East in Europe Program at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2008-2009). Sherene is co-founder of Jadaliyya Ezine.

Pascale Ghazaleh is Assistant Professor of History at the American University in Cairo. She is the author of Fortunes Urbaines et Strategies Sociales: Genealogies Patrimoniales au Caire, 1780-1830 (Cairo: IFAO, 2010).