“Chronicles of the Egyptian Revolution and its Aftermath: 2011-2016” by Cherif M. Bassiouni— The 2011 Revolution


Bassiouni, M. Cherif. “Chronicles of the Egyptian Revolution and its Aftermath: 2011-2016”, Cambridge University Press, 2016.

The 2011 Revolution

Amos Lassen

The Egyptian people’s revolution in 2011 was held for freedom, justice, and human dignity. It was able to toppld the authoritarian Mubarak regime in less than three weeks and was then co-opted by the Muslim Brotherhood through Egypt’s first free and fair elections in 2012. This was crushed two years later when a popularly supported military regime with practices of repression negatively went against the justice system and human rights.

The Egyptians were dealing with economic, demographic, and social pressures problems when the revolution broke. In this volume we get a contextual analysis of these and other historic and contemporary issues and this allows us to gain a comprehensive understanding of what has occurred in the last five years as well as an insight into where the country is heading. Even though the Revolution has been suppressed and the promise of democracy shunted aside, the majority of the Egyptian people still hope and pray for the unachieved dreams of social justice, human dignity, and freedom. Because of Egypt’s geopolitical importance, she is indispensable to the stability of the Middle East, and thus important to the world.

What the book really does is highlight the Egyptian people’s struggle for freedom, justice, and human dignity with regard to the daunting economic and social challenges they face. There is a great deal to be learned here and the book is written in a way that everyone can understand it.