On January 25, 2011, protests that began on that afternoon grew into a massive wave that overtook the entire country and brought down Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's thirty-year rule in just eighteen days. Since then Egypt has embarked upon a precarious process of removing and transforming many of the entrenched elements that defined the former regime. This chapter asks whether anything can be learned from these events that go beyond Egypt. That is, beyond the typically narrow analytical frameworks (i.e., “Middle Eastern,” “Islamic,” “authoritarian” states) within which Egypt is usually framed. The book's central arguments are also summarized and their applications to current events are discussed.
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