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Dignity in the Egyptian Revolution


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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Dignity as faith; 2. Dignity as identity; 3. Dignity as a human right; 4. Dignity as materialism; 5. Dignity recognition, not status; Conclusion.

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Examining the concept of dignity, or karama in Arabic, this provides insights into protesters' motives in participating in the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

About the Author

Zaynab El Bernoussi is Professor of International Politics at the International University of Rabat. She is the author of articles including 'Postcolonial Politics of Dignity' which won the 2015 Arab Prize of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. She has previously been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Harvard University.


'Zaynab El Bernoussi adopts an innovative approach to an in-depth examination of the North African Uprisings in this book. Focusing on the term, dignity, she takes us through five fascinating chapters where we see manifestations of dignity as faith, dignity as identity, dignity as human right, and dignity as materialism. This is a pioneering approach to understanding the demands of activists of the Arab Spring.' Adams Bodomo, University of Vienna
'In a strikingly original exploration of dignity or karama in Egypt's 2011 Arab Spring, El Bernoussi makes a claim for its wide-ranging manifestation and significance. Writing with clarity and great conviction, she reveals the concept's multiple valences and subtly varied meanings, derived from an array of lived experiences.' Andrew Flibbert, Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut

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