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Martyrs and Tricksters: An Ethnography of the Egyptian Revolution

Walter Armbrust


The Egyptian Revolution of 2011 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, the book looks at the mar ... More

Keywords: Egyptian Revolution, 2011, liminality, communal fellowship, martyrs, mobilization, political tricksters, Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi, Egyptians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691162645
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691162645.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter Armbrust, author
University of Oxford