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Omnia El Shakry


Egypt's Three Revolutions: The Force of History behind this Popular Uprising

[Scene of the 2011 revolution; image from Getty Images / Peter Macdiarmid]

When the Egyptian Uprising of 2011 began, we heard media pundits, friends, and colleagues milling about in search of apt metaphors to describe the mass protests and revolution in Egypt. In so far as “history” was mobilized in these discussions, it was generally as repetition or analogy. Hence: the Berlin Wall; Tiananmen Square; the first Palestinian Intifada; the Iranian Revolution; the Paris Commune; and the French Revolution, as well as Egypt’s own 1919 and 1952 ...

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Omnia El Shakry


Omnia El Shakry is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Davis, where she teaches Modern Middle East and World History. She is the author of The Great Social Laboratory: Subjects of Knowledge in Colonial and Postcolonial Egypt (Stanford University Press, 2007).