Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

The Journey to Tahrir

Revolution, Protest and Social Change in Egypt

Jeannie Sowers

Verso (2012)

The toppling of Husni Mubarak marked the beginning of a revolutionary restructuring of Egypt’s political and social order. Jeannie Sowers and Chris Toensing bring together updated essays from Middle East Report that offer unrivaled analysis of the major social and political trends that underpinned these tumultuous events.

Starting with the momentous 18 days of street protest that compelled Mubarak’s resignation, the volume moves back in time to plumb the state’s strategies of repression and examine the mounting dissent of workers, democracy advocates, anti-war activists, and social and environmental campaigners. Leading analysts of Egypt detail the demographic and economic trends that produced wealth for the few and impoverishment for the many. The collection brings clear-headed, firsthand understanding to bear on a moment of intense hope and uncertainty in the Arab world’s most populous nation.

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