By H.A. Hellyer
Amid the turbulence of the 2011 Arab uprisings, the progressive rebellion that performed out in Cairo's Tahrir sq. created excessive expectancies sooner than speeding the hopes of its contributors. The upheaval resulted in a chain of occasions in Egypt that scarcely a person may have expected, and worthwhile few have understood: 5 years on, the prestige of Egypt's unfinished revolution is still shrouded in confusion. strength shifted arms swiftly, first from protesters to the military management, then to the politicians of the Muslim Brotherhood, after which again to the military. The politics of the road has given strategy to the politics of Islamist-military détentes and the undoing of the democratic test. in the meantime, a burgeoning Islamist insurgency occupies the military in Sinai and compounds the nation's feel of uncertainty.
A Revolution Undone blends research and narrative, charting Egypt's trip from Tahrir to Sisi from the viewpoint of an writer and analyst who lived all of it. H.A. Hellyer brings his first-hand adventure to endure in his evaluate of Egypt's scan with protest and democracy. And via scrutinizing Egyptian society and public opinion, Islamism and Islam, the army and govt, in addition to the West's response to occasions, Hellyer offers a much-needed appraisal of Egypt's destiny prospects.
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The discussions weren’t acrimonious, even while they might have been infested with disagreements—but they were discussions I could never dream of having in public before the revolution. Not like that. We would have been too afraid. But not in Tahrir. â•… I walked around and I thought to myself: this is the Egypt that I always thought existed, but had until now never quite seen. It was an Egypt of many different things: of different trends, world views, genders; of religious people and non-religious people; of those veiled in the niqab (the face-veil that some observant Muslim women wear) and of those not veiled at all; of Muslims, of Christians, and so on.
Indeed, many of them considered such a repeat as impossible. I agreed: I thought that the Tunisian uprising had been a fluke, and I did not think it was possible that it could take place anywhere else in the Arab world. Frankly, I thought it would be an awful idea if it did. 1 The gist of my argument was fairly straightforward and, I’d like to think, thorough. It was also Â€ 3 A REVOLUTION UNDONE broadly wrong—although perhaps right in certain particular ways. My views on revolutionary activity in the Arab world—particularly Egypt, which I knew the best—could have been summed up in two points.
In the end, that day eleven people were killed and 600 injured, and I think the first one to be reported dead was a young boy, maybe ten years of age, who had been struck on the head by a stone. I was on patrol that evening on the neighbourhood watch. When I heard the news, I relayed the sadness of it to those on patrol with me. The response was deeply depressing, but utterly enlightening. â•… ‘What was he doing there? His father should bear the blame,’ was the refrain. â•… I was stunned. Shocked that anyone could be quite so callous as to blame a man whose son had just been killed by renegades, in all likelihood supported by the state, for the crime of… what, precisely?
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