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Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth CenturyFrom Triumph to Despair$
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Adeed Dawisha

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691169156

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691169156.001.0001

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Consolidating Arab Nationalism: The Emergence of “Arab” Egypt

Consolidating Arab Nationalism: The Emergence of “Arab” Egypt

(p.135) Chapter Six Consolidating Arab Nationalism: The Emergence of “Arab” Egypt
Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century

Adeed Dawisha

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the emergence of “Arab” Egypt. When the idea of a Western alliance threatened to isolate Egypt in 1953, an Egyptian campaign to galvanize the citizens of other Arab states against Western alliances had to tap the most readily acceptable bond that drew Egyptians and the other Arabs together, that of Arab nationalism—the notion that, politically divided as they were, the Arabs still constituted one indivisible nation. Thus, the phenomenal speed with which Arab nationalism became the predominant radical, on the whole anti-Western, ideology in the region in the 1950s resulted in large measure from Egypt’s onslaught against Western alliances. Moreover, Egypt’s undoubted success was aided substantially by two factors: the country’s own capabilities, and Gamal ‘Abd al-Nasir’s committed leadership and single-minded pursuit of his goals.

Keywords:   Arab Egypt, Western alliance, Egypt, Arab states, Arab nationalism, Gamal ‘Abd al-Nasir

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