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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?

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

Fred Dallmayr

University Press of Kentucky

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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