The essential book about Egypt and radical politics.
Egypt is a nation in turmoil, caught in a cycle of revolution and counter-revolution. In The Egyptians: A Radical Story, Jack Shenker uncovers the historical roots of today's unrest and reveals a land divided between two irreconcilable political orders: authoritarian power and grassroots resistance. Challenging conventional analyses that focus only on the battle between Islamists and secular forces, he travels the Arab World's most populous country to explore other, far more important fault lines - the communities waging war against transnational corporations, the people subverting long-established gender norms, the workers seizing control of their factories, and the novelists, graffiti artists and back-alley DJs defying their repressive regime.
Showing that the revolution was no isolated episode but rather part of an ongoing struggle against state authority and economic exclusion, Shenker explains why recent events are so threatening to elites both inside Egypt and abroad. While Egyptian rulers seek to eliminate dissent, seeded within the politics of the young generation are forms of democracy, social justice and resistance that could yet change the world.
“This is the deepest and most comprehensive account of Egypt's revolution in the English language, and it will set the agenda for debate throughout the Arab world”
Paul Mason author of, Post Capitalism
“A courageous writer who gives voice to the hopes and fears of the people of Egypt”
“Inspirational, passionate, acutely clear-sighted . . . it tells stories that need to be told, and which have been widely ignored”
George Arney, Independent
“An impassioned account of a 'radical Egypt' waging battle against a power-hoarding state . . . Shenker has written what amounts to a contemporary history of injustice”
Maria Golia, The Times Literary Supplement
“Carefully researched and passionately argued . . . The Egyptians is not just about the revolution, it is an act within it”
Ahdaf Soueif, Guardian