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The Suddenly New Study of Egypt

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Carrying a banner that mocks President Hosni Mubarak, protesters in Cairo last month helped prompt the downfall of his regime. The persistence of authoritarianism had been "the predominant theme in the literature" in Egypt studies, says one scholar.
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Scholars who work on the Middle East have been furiously updating their syllabi and revising their book proposals in the past month and a half. The events in Tunisia, Egypt, and now Libya have upended conventional academic wisdom about the region.


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