By H.A. Hellyer
Amid the turbulence of the 2011 Arab uprisings, the innovative rebellion that performed out in Cairo's Tahrir sq. created excessive expectancies earlier than speeding the hopes of its members. The upheaval resulted in a chain of occasions in Egypt that scarcely somebody may have estimated, and helpful few have understood: 5 years on, the prestige of Egypt's unfinished revolution is still shrouded in confusion. energy shifted palms quickly, 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 technique 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 event to endure in his review of Egypt's test 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 presents a much-needed appraisal of Egypt's destiny prospects.
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But, ultimately, when it comes to loyalty to the original values of the Square of Liberation (Midan al-Tahrir) in 2011, one would be hard pressed to describe any other group at present as being a worthier candidate for fealty. â•… Yet, when the world looks at factions in Egypt, they needn’t look at the marginal, maverick middle to support instead of the MB or the army. Rather, they ought to consider the principles that these revolutionaries uphold—and ask themselves whether, indeed, the binary choice between one camp or another is not best put to one side, and a choice between principles entertained instead.
But sometimes, there were those who did not applaud—and in the absence of their applause, we also found strength. V He was the driver of one of many cars we stopped that first night of the ‘popular committee’ in our neighbourhood. Foolishly, I did not take his national identification card and his car registration, which would have identified him and his occupation—I just asked him to open the trunk of his car. He opened it with pleasure, and was about to drive off, when Muhammad, one of my neighbours, recognised him.
Religion was as much a part of Tahrir as the pluralism which defined people’s relation to religion. Those stories of Copts protecting Muslims as they prayed weren’t false or exaggerated. When Copts carried out their own services, Muslims also stood watch over them. Pluralism was in that square. There is much to say about religion in the square, and how religion was instrumentalised in it and through it. But that is for later in this book (see Chapter 4). â•… Across the street from the Azhari preachers there was another crowd.