Anticolonial Afterlives in Egypt
The Politics of Hegemony
Author(s): Sara Salem
Publication Date: 16-06-2022
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This study presents an alternative story of the 2011 Egyptian revolution by revisiting Egypt's moment of decolonisation in the mid-twentieth century. Anticolonial Afterlives in Egypt explores the country's first postcolonial project, arguing that the enduring afterlives of anticolonial politics, connected to questions of nationalism, military rule, capitalist development and violence, are central to understanding political events in Egypt today. Through an imagined conversation between Antonio Gramsci and Frantz Fanon, two foundational theorists of anti-capitalism and anticolonialism, Anticolonial Afterlives in Egypt focuses on issues of resistance, revolution, mastery and liberation to show how the Nasserist project, created by Gamal Abdel Nasser and the Free Officers in 1952, remains the only instance of hegemony in modern Egyptian history. In suggesting that Nasserism was made possible through local, regional and global anticolonial politics, even as it reproduced colonial ways of governing that continue to reverberate into Egypt's present, this interdisciplinary study thinks through questions of traveling theory, global politics, and resistance and revolution in the postcolonial world.
- Takes a novel approach, using imagined conversations between Antonio Gramsci and Frantz Fanon, two foundational theorists of anti-capitalism and anticolonialism
- Moves away from the lens of authoritarianism and the narrow conceptual approach that has marked recent scholarship in Egypt to explore the relationships between elites and subaltern groups
- Offers an interdisciplinary approach which will be of interest to scholars of Egypt, postcolonial theory, Middle East history, Marxist theory and comparative politics more widely