Roots of Counter-revolution in Egypt: The Immovable Objects Confronting the January 25th Revolution’s Irresistible Forces

A seminar with Associate Professor Walter Armbrust, University of Oxford.

Free admission and open to all.

Early accounts of the January 25th Revolution largely bypassed expressions of opposition to it. Later accounts explained opposition as having arisen through revolutionary politics after 2011. But rejection of the revolution was also manifested in deep-rooted loyalty to Hosny Mubarak and his regime. Such loyalties were crucial to the ultimate defeat of the revolution. His lecture traces continuities in pro-regime sentiments through contention over the status of pro-regime symbols in urban space and in the media.


Dr Walter Armbrust is Associate Professor in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at St Antony's College, University of Oxford. He is a cultural anthropologist, and author of Mass Culture and Modernism in Egypt (1996) and various other works focusing on popular culture, politics and mass media in Egypt.



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