'Anticipating' the 2011 Arab Uprisings: Revolutionary by Rita Sakr

'Anticipating' the 2011 Arab Uprisings: Revolutionary by Rita Sakr

By Rita Sakr

This learn examines the ways that the relationships among the artistic energy of innovative humans and the progressive strength of inventive artists, specially writers, are glaring within the on-going Arab uprisings. Bringing jointly literature, cultural geography, and human rights discourse, it explores a number of fresh novels and memoirs from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria. those works sought to solve the political geographies of injustice and well known discontent and hence 'anticipated' or imaginatively anticipated in addition to participated in a few of the significant present upheavals of their specific nationwide contexts. by means of revealing socio-economic divisions and spatial injustice, disappearances and political prisons, surveillance and exile in addition to the innovative spirit of oppressed populations and the hazards of counter-revolutionary forces, civil strife, and fundamentalism, they variously re-imagine the realities that brought on the ameliorations we're now witnessing.

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What good fortune that no statue occupies this central space, that the absence of a leader is physically manifest in Tahrir, and our leaderless revolution is watched over, instead, from the boundaries, by Omar Makram, Simón Bolívar and Abd el-Men3em Riyad. (2012, pp. 57–58) Soueif ’s story returns to the plinthless space that signifies a revolution repeatedly in the making, its martyred heroes remembered through their passage in Midan el-Tahrir and their participation in the act of ‘Tahrir’. She recounts how in 1972 students demonstrated around the plinth in Tahrir Square against Anwar Sadat’s regime, which had refused the student movement’s demand to confront Israel militarily.

The restoration project may have had some ideological motivation: the popular revival and appropriation of the spirit of the Bolívarian revolutionary movement at a key moment in Egypt’s history, a few months before its own uprising against the abusive Mubarak regime and its international sponsors in the West and the Arab world. Soueif traces the perimeters of this combined anti-imperial and anti-authoritarian political geography particularly around the figure of Makram. He fought first against Napoleonic expansionism and then against exploitation by the Khedive and founder of modern Egypt, Muhammad Ali, in the early nineteenth century.

Look at all the action and information groups on it. The speed with which you can get a piece of news out. The freedom from control. ’ (Soueif, 1999, p. 484). The uprising in Egypt proved that the public space of information flow complements the public space of mobilization on the streets and squares rather than replaces it. In this respect, Pagès-El Karoui, in an excellent paper delivered at LSE on 28 March 2012, astutely argues that: ‘If social networks and Internet have played an important role in gathering social contestation and organising street actions, the conquest and control of public space in main cities remains crucial for the uprising to succeed, as the symbolic Tahrir square reminds us’ (p.

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