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Stories of the Revolution So Far: “Journey to Tahrir” Released

June 28, 2012

I tell my International Students that if they read only one academic journal about the Middle East it should be The Middle East Report. It is genuinely interdisciplinary, usually well-written, offers a range of articles from microlevel accounts to macrolevel analyses, and has a great web site in which they give away some of their content.

So now some of the best essays from Middle East Report have been collected in a book entitled  The Journey to Tahrir: Revolution, protest and Social Change in Egypt, edited by Jeannie Sowers and Chris Toensing. It’s published by Verso.

I’ve written about several of these essays here in this blog, including Mona El-Ghobashy’s The Praxis of the Egyptian Revolution, Elliott Colla’s The Poetry of Revolt, Jessica Winegar’s Taking Out the Trash: Youth Clean Up Egypt After Mubarak, and I’ve referred to work by Joshua Stracher, Joel Beinin, Asef Bayat, Linda Herrera, Mariz Tadros and Issandr Al-Amrani. And here they are together in one big book which promises to be the best book on the Egyptian uprisings so far.

Here’s the complete table of contents:

  1. Egypt in Transformation – Jeannie Sowers
  2. The Praxis of the Egyptian Revolution – Mona El-Ghobashy
  3. The Eighteen Days of Tahrir – Ahmad Shokr
  4. The Poetry of Revolt – Elliott Colla
  5. Revolution and Counter-Revolution in the Egyptian Media – Ursula Lindsey
  6. Taking Out the Trash: Youth Clean Up Egypt After Mubarak – Jessica Winegar
  7. The “Arab Street” – Asef Bayat
  8. Activist Dissent and Anti-War Protests in Egypt – Paul Schemm
  9. The Working Class and the Popular Movement in Egypt – Joel Beinin
  10. The Wall Mubarak Made – Ursula Lindsey
  11. Unsettling the Authorities: Constitutional Reform in Egypt – Mona El-Ghobashy
  12. The Dynamics of Elections Under Mubarak – Mona El-Ghobashy
  13. Controlled Reform in Egypt: Neither Reformist nor Controlled – Issandr El Amrani
  14. The Muslim Brothers in Mubarak’s Last Decade -Samer Shehata and Joshua Stacher
  15. The Gama‘a Islamiyya: From Impasse to Opportunity – Ewan Stein
  16. Cross and Crescent in Post-Mubarak Egypt – Mariz Tadros
  17. Economic Reform and Privatization in Egypt – Karen Pfeifer
  18. Dreamland: The Neoliberalism of Your Desires – Timothy Mitchell
  19. Demographic Surprises Foreshadow Change in Neoliberal Egypt – Eric Denis
  20. Mining for Fish: Privatization of the “Commons” Along Egypt’s Northern Coastline – Ray Bush and Amal Sabri
  21. Damietta Mobilizes for Its Environment – Sharif Elmusa and Jeannie Sowers
  22. Downveiling: Gender and the Contest Over Culture in Cairo – Linda Herrera
  23. The Fiction (and Non-Fiction) of Egypt’s Marriage Crisis – Hanan Kholoussy
  24. Explaining Egypt’s Targeting of Gays – Hossam Bahgat
  25. Imagined Youths – Ted Swedenburg
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