The Egyptian Revolution continues to develop, although the international news media has largely treated it as a process completed after the Arab Spring, which launched revolutionary processes in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Lybia, and other countries.
This week, the Egyptian military intervened decisively in the revolution, ousting President Morsi and suspending the constitution in a coup d’état. The arrests of Morsi, his advisors, and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood have prompted massive pro-Morsi protests and violent clashes in the streets of Cairo.
Khaled Fahmy, professor of History at the American University of Cairo, has published a fascinating op-ed on the Egyptian Revolution.
Fahmy concludes that “We did not launch this revolution nor risk our lives only to change the players. We wanted to change the rules of the game. That was the mandate we gave to Morsy. He has failed in this crucial task, so we no longer recognize him as a legitimate leader. He has broken the terms of the mandate. And our revolution continues.”
Historians and social scientists use concepts of revolutions and revolutionary processes to understand the dynamics of social and political revolutions. Khaled Fahmy’s piece clearly utilizes some of these concepts in examining the ongoing revolution that he himself is caught up in. The mix of historical thinking and eyewitness observation in his essay will interest historians of revolutions and civil conflicts.
CNN published Khaled Fahmy’s op-ed.