SIS Cluster Event: HIS Welcomes Mona El-Ghobashy
Date(s) - 10/20/2021
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Office Of Research, School Of International Service, American University
Mona El-Ghobashy (NYU), Failed Democracy or Aborted Revolution? Revisiting Egypt’s 2011 Uprising, in conversation with Libby Thompson.
About this event
Mona El-Ghobashy (NYU), Failed Democracy or Aborted Revolution? Revisiting Egypt’s 2011 Uprising, in conversation with Libby Thompson. This book talk is based on her recently published book, Bread and Freedom: Egypt’s Revolutionary Situation (Stanford University Press, 2021)
Two stories dominate how we understand Egypt’s 2011 popular uprising. One centers the military generals who assumed power after the fall of president Hosni Mubarak, arguing that the uprising never challenged their hold on the country. Another trains its sights on the civilian politicians and activists who participated in the revolt. It blames them for their debilitating divisions that enabled the military to stage a coup in 2013, extinguishing Egypt’s democratic experiment. In this talk, Mona El-Ghobashy advances a different argument about the politics of the uprising. Based on her new book, Bread and Freedom: Egypt’s Revolutionary Situation, she maps out the concrete political battles that drove the uprising, and why such conflicts are inescapable during democratic revolutions.
Dr. Mona El-Ghobashy – Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU, is a scholar of Egyptian politics whose research focuses on law and politics, varieties of protest, and limited elections in contemporary Egypt. Her work brings out the dynamics of political contestation before and after the 2011 uprising. Her book Bread and Freedom: Egypt’s Revolutionary Situation, has just been published by Stanford University Press. A recent blog post, “Reviving revolution,” is available on The Immanent Frame.
Her teaching extends beyond Egypt to compare politics across authoritarian and democratic regimes, the politics of protest and social movements, and the interplay between political history and theory.
Dr. Elizabeth Thompson – Professor and Mohamed S. Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace, SIS, is a historian of social movements and liberal constitutionalism in the Middle East, with a focus on how race and gender have conditioned foreign intervention and the application of international law. She recently published her third book: How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs: The Syrian Arab Congress and the Destruction of its Historic Liberal-Islamic Alliance (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2020). It explores how and why Arabs gathered in Damascus after World War I to establish a democratic regime, in contrast to the prevalence of authoritarian-nationalist regimes established elsewhere in the lands of the defeated Ottoman and Habsburg Empires. The book also considers the long-term, negative consequences of the destruction of the Arab democracy, authorized by the Paris Peace Conference and enforced by the new League of Nations.