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New Texts Out Now: Asef Bayat, Post-Islamism: The Changing Faces of Political Islam

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Asef Bayat, editor, Post-Islamism: The Changing Faces of Political Islam. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Asef Bayat (AB): Well, for me the primary reason for producing this book was a realization that there was a major gap in the scholarship on Islamism. While so much has been written on political Islam—some of which remains solid scholarship—the mainstream perspectives tend to treat ...

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Midwife for a Pregnant Egypt

[Anti-Morsi protest in downtown Cairo on 31 August 2012. Image by Gigi Ibrahim via Flickr]

On the face of it, 30 June was a "coup": the army intervened to remove an elected president, annul the constitution, and oversee an interim government to undertake new elections for president and parliament, and draft a new constitution. But what if this is what the majority of people in a country want? Is any military intervention of this sort necessarily illegitimate? How do we then read the supporting role of the army in Egypt’s 25 January Revolution or the ...

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Paradoxes of Arab Refo-lutions

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Serious concerns are expressed currently in Tunisia and Egypt about the sabotage of the defeated elites. Many in the revolutionary and pro-democracy circles speak of a creeping counter-revolution. This is not surprising. If revolutions are about intense struggle for a profound change, then any revolution should expect a counterrevolution of subtle or blatant forms. The French, Russian, Chinese, Iranian, and Nicaraguan revolutions all faced protracted civil or international ...

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Egypt, and the Post-Islamist Middle East

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For years, western political elites and their local allies have charged the Arab peoples with political apathy and lethargy. The argument that Arabs are uninterested in seeking to wrest greater democratic freedoms from their authoritarian rulers always rested on shaky foundations. But now that millions of Egyptians, following the Tunisians’ example, have proved it wrong by mobilising against power, the sceptical ground has adjusted: toward the murmured fear that Egypt’s ...

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Bio

Asef Bayat
 
Asef Bayat is Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies and teaches sociology and Middle East studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the co-editor of Being Young and Muslim (Oxford, 2010) and author of Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East (Stanford, 2013, second edition).