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Rabab El-Mahdi

Orientalising the Egyptian Uprising

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Since the beginning of the Egyptian uprising in January 25th a new grand-narrative about this so-called “revolution” and more broadly the Arab world is being constructed by the media (international and local), academics, politicians, and the local elite.[1] This narrative appears to be replacing the long held “Arab Exceptionalism” narrative, which held sway for decades and argued that Arabs because of sociological and cultural reasons are ‘immune’ to democracy and ...

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Rabab El-Mahdi


Rabab El-Mahdi is an activist and assistant professor of Political Science at the American University in Cairo. She is co-editor of Egypt: The Moment of Change (Zed Press, 2009).