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Arab Fall: How the Muslim Brotherhood Won and Lost Egypt in 891 Days

Eric Trager
Format
Book
Published
Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, [2016]
Language
English
ISBN
9781626163621, 1626163626, 9781626163638
Summary
Despite playing a marginal role in the spectacular 2011 Arab Spring uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak's reign, how did the Muslim Brotherhood win power so quickly in Egypt? And why did the Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, fall from power only 891 days after Mubarak in the face of widespread protests and then a bloody military coup? In Arab Fall, Eric Trager examines the decisionmaking of the Brotherhood and their political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, throughout this critical period and answers why their time in power was so short. Based in part on interviews with dozens of Brotherhood leaders and cadres including Morsi, Trager argues that the very organizational characteristics that helped the Brotherhood win power also contributed to their rapid downfall. While the organization's hierarchical structure allowed them unparalleled mobilizing capabilities, their autocratic governing style alienated much of the population and united diverse groups against them. Their insularity also left them entirely unprepared for the military coup and crackdown in July and August 2013. Trager concludes the book with an assessment the current state of Egyptian politics and whether or not the Brotherhood will reemerge in the future.
Contents
  • Introduction : Rapid rise, faster fall
  • Late to the revolution
  • An Islamist vanguard
  • Postrevolutionary posturing
  • Preparing for power
  • The road to parliament
  • Powerless parliamentarians
  • The road to Ittahidiya Palace
  • The power struggle continues
  • Power, not policy
  • The power grab
  • In power but not in control
  • The rebellion
  • Conclusion : Broken brothers.
Description
xv, 327 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-312) and index.
Technical Details
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