This paper maps the basic opposition groups that influenced the Egyptian political system in the last years of Hosni Mubarak’s rule. It approaches the nature of the relationship between the system and the opposition through use of the concept of “semi-opposition.” An examination and evaluation of the opposition groups shows the extent to which the regime—in order to appear that it was opening the public sphere to the opposition—had channels of communication with the Muslim Brotherhood. The paper also shows the system’s relations with other groups, such as “Kifaya” and “April 6”; it then explains the reasons behind the success of the Muslim Brotherhood at seizing power after the ousting of President Mubarak.
The Dynamics of Egypt’s “Semi-opposition,” 2004–11
Mai Mogib Mosad is an Associate Professor of Political Science, Cairo University, Egypt. A visiting professor at the University of California—Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2014, she is author of Copts between Inclusion and Exclusion (Beirut: Centre for Arab Unity Studies, 2012); co-author of The Struggle for a New Political System: Egypt after the Revolution (Cairo: Al-Dar Al-Mesryah Al-Lubnanyeh, 2013); and author of Minorities between State–Society Dynamics in Post Revolutionary Processes (Dictus, 2014). Email: Mai_mogib@feps.edu.eg
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Mai Mogib Mosad; The Dynamics of Egypt’s “Semi-opposition,” 2004–11. Contemporary Arab Affairs 1 December 2019; 12 (4): 83–103. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/caa.2019.12.4.83
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