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On the State of Egypt: What Made the Revolution Inevitable (Vintage)


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“Alaa Al Aswany is among the best writers in the Middle East today, a suitable heir to the mantle worn by Naguib Mahfouz, his great predecessor.” –Jay Parini, The Guardian (UK)


From one of Egypt’s most acclaimed novelists, here is a vivid chronicle of Egyptian society, with penetrating analysis of all the most urgent issues—economic stagnation, police brutality, poverty, the harassment of women and of the Christian minority, to name a few—that led to the stunning overthrow of the Mubarak government. Al-Aswany addresses himself to all the questions being asked within Egypt and beyond: who will be the next president, and how will he be chosen in a land where heretofore only simpletons, opportunists and stooges involved themselves with elections? What role will the Muslim Brotherhood play? How can democratic reforms be effected among a people used to such contradictions as the religiously observant policeman who commits torture? In a candid and controversial assessment of both the potential and limitations that will determine his country’s future, Al-Aswany reveals why the revolt that surprised the world was destined to happen.


“[The] star of a new generation of Egyptian novelists.” –The Independent (UK)

Table of Contents

The Presidency and Succession

The Egyptian Campaign against the Succession

Three Fallacious Arguments for Supporting Gamal Mubarak

The Art of Pleasing the President

The Chameleons Attack ElBaradei

Should Gaza Pay the Price for Hereditary Succession in Egypt?

Why Are We Falling Behind as the World Progresses?

The Only Way to Evict Mr. Battista

What Do Egyptians Expect form ElBaradei?

When Will President Mubarak Grasp This Truth?

Does Rigging Elections Count as a Major Sin?

Do We Need a Benevolent Dictator?

A Story for Children and Adults

A Surprise Dinner with an Important Person

Thoughts on the President’s Health

Why Don’t Egyptians Take Part in Elections?


The People and Social Justice

Our Advice to the Butcher

The Party of the Great Collapse

Why Do Egyptians Harass Women?

How Should We Overcome the Temptation Posed by Women?

The Niqab and Flawed Religiosity

Piety in Front of the Camera

What Will Protect the Copts?

Egypt Sits on the Substitutes’ Bench

Are Egyptians Really Religious?

The Sorrows of Miss Laurence

Why Are Religious Fanatics Obsessed with Women’s Bodies?

Nora and the National Squad

Defending Egypt’s Flag

The Importance of Being Human

Who Killed the Egyptians on the Religious Holiday?

Can President Obama Save the Copts?

Egypt Awakened

The Story of Mamdough Hamza

Who is Killing the Poor in Egypt?

Does Subservience Protect Us from Unjustice?

Does Mistreating People Invalidate the Ramadan Fast?


Free Speech and State Repression

How Do Police Officers Celebrate Ramadan?

A Discussion with a State Security Officer

Four Videos to Entertain President Mubarak

Before we Damn Switzerland

An Unfortunate Incident Befalls a State Security Officer

Why Was the General Screaming?

Should We Start with Moral Reform or Reforming the System?

Are Freedoms Inseparable?

The Fate of Ibrahim Eissa

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Al Aswany, Alaa
Vintage Books
Aswany, Alaa Al
Wright, Jonathan
Politics-Political Science
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