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Fred Dallmayr

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813141916

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813141916.001.0001

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Radical Changes in the Muslim World

Radical Changes in the Muslim World

Whither Democracy?

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(p.162) 11. Radical Changes in the Muslim World
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Being in the World
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Fred Dallmayr

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813141916.003.0012

Chapter eleven focuses on the 2011 Egyptian uprising during the so-called Arab Spring. The chapter seeks to shed light on the character of the uprising by comparing it with two other instances of radical change in the Muslim world: the Kemalist revolution in Turkey after World War I and the Iranian revolution of 1979. In each case, the revolutionaries sought to rectify a deficit perceived in the preceding regime. Differentiating themselves from both Kemalists and Iranian fundamentalists, the Egyptian insurgents attacked a different kind of deficit: the lack of democratic self-rule during the long years of autocracy. Thus, Egyptians embarked on the difficult path of social and political reform while bypassing the conundrums of secularism versus faith.

Keywords:   Egypt, Egyptian uprising, Arab Spring, Kemalist, Turkey, Iran, Revolution, Autocracy

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