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From Independence to Revolution: Egypt's Islamists and The Contest for Power

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherHurst & Company
Number of pages262
ISBN (Electronic)9781849049313
ISBN (Print)9781849047050
Published25 Feb 2017

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NameUrban Conflicts, Divided Society

Bibliographical note

Gillian Kennedy is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at King’s College London. Her current research focuses on new diaspora networks among British-Egyptians between 2005 and 2015, exploring the connection between diaspora mobilisation and political engagement before and after the Arab Spring. Gillian completed her PhD in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at King’s College London. She also holds a master’s in International Relations from Dublin City University and a BA in History and Political Science from University College Dublin. Before joining King’s, she worked as a lecturer at Regent’s University London and as a Middle East and North Africa product development analyst for Global Data.

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From Independence to Revolution tells the story of the complicated relationship between the Egyptian population and the nation’s most prominent political opposition — the Islamist movement. Most commentators focus on the Muslim Brotherhood and radical jihadists constantly vying for power under successive authoritarian rulers, from Gamal Abdul Nasser to General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Yet the relationship between the Islamists and Egyptian society has not remained fixed. Instead, groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, radical jihadists and progressive Islamists like Tayyar al Masri have varied in their responses to Egypt’s socio-political transformation over the last sixty years, thereby attracting different sections of the Egyptian electorate at different times

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