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    Book Review: Alfred Stepan’s ‘Democratic Transition in the Muslim World’

Book Review: Alfred Stepan’s ‘Democratic Transition in the Muslim World’

by Youssef Cherif

‘It first happens in Tunisia, then in Egypt’. This was the common saying in the euphoric days of 2011. Some observers continued to see parallels between the two countries in actions and developments until 2012 and even 2013. Then Abdel Fattah al-Sisi staged his coup. Since that fateful day of July 2013, the two countries went their […]

A Toxic Economy: The Egyptian Model

by Hossam ElShazly

Cristian Lacob from the Romanian National Institute for Economic Research offers a definition of a ‘toxic economy’ that helps to explain the Egyptian economy throughout most of its history and particularly during the past four years of the Sisi regime.

It has always been the case that politicians in Egypt promote false messages about their efforts trying to […]

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    Russia in the Middle East: Trust no one, but sign business deals

Russia in the Middle East: Trust no one, but sign business deals

by Agathe Demarais
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre and the RAND Corporation looking at Russia’s strategy in the Middle East on 28 March 2018. 

Over the last few years, Russia’s foreign policy objectives have appeared twofold: first, President Putin wants to re-assert Russia’s role on the global stage, if possible on par with the US. […]

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    Everyday ‘Lolitics’: The Power of Political Memes in Egypt

Everyday ‘Lolitics’: The Power of Political Memes in Egypt

by Sandra Sfeir
 

In the age of social media, the meme is king. Put simply, a meme is a ‘faddish joke or practice…that becomes widely imitated.’ Commonly taking the form of comics, captioned images or videos, memes are a popular, accessible and satirical means of engagement with the issues of the day, whether serious or light-hearted. They represent, in many […]

The Influence of Islamist Rhetoric on Women’s Rights

by Courtney Freer

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Views on Women 

The Muslim Brotherhood, founded in 1928 by Hasan al-Banna, was initially conceived of as a social movement seeking to re-Islamise Egypt. Its first bylaws even explicitly listed the goal ‘to raise a generation of Muslims who would understand Islam correctly and act according to its teachings.’ As a result, the group, and its […]

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