Martyrs and Tricksters: An Ethnography of the Egyptian Revolution, 1st Edition

  • Walter Armbrust
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  • ISBN-10: 0691197512
  • ISBN-13: 9780691197517
  • DDC: 962.055
  • 344 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released October 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This title offers an important look at the hopeful rise and tragic defeat of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. It began with immense hope, but was defeated in two and a half years, ushering in the most brutal and corrupt regime in modern Egyptian history. How was the passage from utmost euphoria into abject despair experienced, not only by those committed to revolutionary change, but also by people indifferent or even hostile to the revolution? This book explores the revolution through the lens of liminality—initially a communal fellowship, where everything seemed possible, transformed into a devastating limbo with no exit. To make sense of events, it looks at the martyrs, trickster media personalities, public spaces, contested narratives, historical allusions, and factional struggles during this chaotic time. Delving into how Egyptians moved from unprecedented exhilaration to confusion and massacre, this volume is a powerful cultural biography of a tragic revolution.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Note on Transliteration.
Time Line.
The “Last Day of the Revolution”?.
Martyrs and Tricksters.
1: Introduction: Revolution as Liminal Crisis.
2: Prelude: My Eighteen Days.
3: The Material Frame.
4: The Martyrological Frame.
5: The Disputed Grievability of Sally Zahran.
6: Martyr Milestones.
7: The Poor First.
8: Copts and Salafis.
9: Scripting a Massacre.
10: The Trickster in Midan al-‘Abbasiyya.
11: A New Normal? The Iron Fist and the False Promise.
Postscript: Zizo's Suicide Letter.
Other Backmatter.
A Note on the Type.