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The Egyptian Military in Popular Culture

Context and Critique

Authors: Mostafa, Dalia Said

  • Only study which tackles the issue of why the Egyptian military is viewed by Egyptians as a legitimate actor in politics 
  • Highly original analysis of the representation of multiple cultural formats and genres in different periods 
  • Interesting to scholars and students of Egyptian politics, culture and cultural politics 
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About this book

This book examines a key question through the lens of popular culture: Why did the Egyptian people opt to elect in June 2014 a new president (Abdel Fattah al-Sisi), who hails from the military establishment, after toppling a previous military dictator (Hosni Mubarak) with the breakout of the 25 January 2011 Revolution? In order to dissect this question, the author considers the complexity of the relationship between the Egyptian people and their national army, and how popular cultural products play a pivotal role in reinforcing or subverting this relationship. The author takes the reader on a ‘journey’ through crucial historical and political events in Egypt whilst focusing on multi-layered representations of the ‘military figure’ (the military leader, the heroic soldier, the freedom fighter, the conscript, the martyred soldier, and the Intelligence officer) in a wide range of popular works in literature, film, song, TV drama series, and graffiti art. Mostafa argues that the realm of popular culture in Egypt serves as the ‘blood veins’ which feed the nation’s perception of its Armed Forces. 

About the authors

Dalia Said Mostafa is Lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. She has published extensively in both Arabic and English on the contemporary Arabic novel, Arab cinema, and popular culture in Egypt. She is the editor of a special issue entitled ‘Women, Culture, and the January 2011 Egyptian Revolution’, in the Journal for Cultural Research (vol. 19.2, 2015). 

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Multi-Layered Images of the Egyptian Army in Popular Culture

    Mostafa, Dalia Said

    Pages 1-21

  • Popular Images of Army Officers and Freedom Fighters as National Heroes in the 1950s and 1960s

    Mostafa, Dalia Said

    Pages 23-52

  • Various Representations of the Martyred Soldier in the 1967 June War and the Victorious Hero in the 1973 October War

    Mostafa, Dalia Said

    Pages 53-92

  • Transformation of the Popular War Hero’s Image under Mubarak and the Commencement of the 2011 January Revolution

    Mostafa, Dalia Said

    Pages 93-131

  • Conclusion

    Mostafa, Dalia Said

    Pages 133-134

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eBook £52.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59372-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £66.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59371-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Egyptian Military in Popular Culture
Book Subtitle
Context and Critique
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59372-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59372-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59371-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 144
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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