EGYPT’S ARAB SPRING : The long and winding road to democracy


259 pages


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ISBN : 978-2-36523-040-7

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Hany Farouk Ghoraba is an Egyptian political writer, businessman and freelance Journalist. He obtained a BA in Mass Communication from the American University Cairo in 1997; with a specialisation in Journalism and a Minor in Political Science. Hany is fluent in 3 languages – English, German, and Arabic. He has published numerous articles in online portals like, Atlantic Council and Beit El Hiwar; and has been cited on numerous others. Hany has also appeared as a political analyst for Egypt and the Middle East on CNN International and BBC World Service Radio. Egypt’s Arab Spring: The long and winding road to democracy is a culmination of several years’ work, starting from the beginnings of the Egyptian revolution. This well-researched and widely-cited analysis of the revolution is a seminal piece that provides unmatched insight into recent events in Egypt and the Middle East.


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Posté le 6 janvier 2015
Mohamed Abouseif

I have been following Hany’s articles post January 25th revolution chronicling the events post Mubarak ousting. It’s a different view then what we are used to read or watch on mainstream media. A kind of view that someone deep rooted inside the events with astute observations would only be able to provide. In his articles he predicted the rise of Islamists and that the democracy path of Egypt will be obstructed by a path of theocracy. His liberal beliefs never restrained him from being objective as he criticizes secular and liberal powers of Egypt in his analysis. This book carefully examines the path Egyptians are taking towards democracy along with all the obstacles they are facing, and analyzes all the power players within the Egyptian political scene. An excellent read.

Posté le 2 janvier 2015

A must read for those interested in Egypt’s revolution
Written by an author of the revolution who actually lived it day by day, who is very knowledgeable of all the stakeholders and players, this book is an excellent guide to those who want to understand what Egypt’s revolution was all about, how events unfolded and possibly what the future may hold. It particularly helped me understand all the names of the players, many of whom I did not know. On reviewing the historical eras of Sadat and Nasser that I had personally lived through, there were gaps in my knowledge that I was not aware of, so in that respect, I am very grateful.

Posté le 2 janvier 2015
Arnvid Aakre

The events during the Arab Spring truly amazed the world, and it’s very few who don’t have an opinion about these events and what happened after.

But if one should understand all these events, especially in the most influential country in the Arab world – then Hany Ghoraba’s book “Egypt’s Arab Spring: The long and winding road to Democracy” is important. It will tell you how the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) is responsible for grave mistakes, as one can read in the the third chapter “The seven deadly sins of SCAF”. Highly important, as these “deadly sins” made it possible for Islamist’s to reape the fruits of the Arab Spring – a struggle the Islamist’s initially did not participated in, or supported.

This book provide the reader with the full story, based upon the facts behind it all. As to what happened, the book don’t just give a broader picture of the Arab Spring – but it explain those nearly unbelievable facts – as what lead up to a situation where secular and democratic voters voted for an Islamist, as the only option was an representative for the dictator they just had removed. It take the reader with on a journey in a country up to where the people again rose against a new dictator. It also unveil what happened during the year where not so moderate Islamist’s ruled Egypt.
The story behind, and the much needed facts!
The book is packed with information, much of it new even to those of us who have followed the events in Egypt rather close. So, for those who want to understand what really happens in Egypt today, this book should be considered “a must”.

Warning: this book must be considered a page-turner, don’t read it while driving (-:

Posté le 2 janvier 2015

Great 1st hand account
I disagreed with a couple of minor points but mostly spot on. Too bad it was published too soon to see today.

Posté le 2 janvier 2015
chris gaubatz

Absolute Must Read
Authentic synopsis of the events leading up to Epypt’s Arab spring. The author poignantly translates Egypts fight against the Muslim Brotherhood (and salafi groups) for proper democracy and a constitution written for, and by, the people. For those of us living outside Egypt that want to understand the Arab spring, it’s aftermath, and denouement on June 30, 2014; this is our book. A friend gives you that blank stare when you start talking about Egyptian current events- this is the book you recommend. If you’re a professional journalist, and you don’t want to sound like a bumpkin- this is the book you read before reporting on Egypt. Finally, if you’re curious about the, ‘Coup vs Revolution’ debate, this is your book. In this day and age, there is no excuse to remain ignorant about people struggling for freedom the world over. Many thanks to Hany Ghoraba for writing this! Peace.

Posté le 2 janvier 2015
Sandra Gore Nielsen

This book is a must read for anyone interested in what’s happening in Egypt. If you’re a novice, you’ll find rich detail and background to bring you up to speed. Consider Hany Ghoraba’s carefully researched, clearly written account as a crash course on the Long and Winding (now seemingly tortuous) Road to Democracy in Egypt.

If you’re an old hand at Egyptian Byzantine intrigue, you’ll find an excellent synopsis of power politics since the time of Nasser. What’s special is that “Egypt Arab Spring” is an opportunity for an insider look from the perspective of a secular Egyptian male. One of the “youth” we hear so much about.

The book is well-written in accessible language. Ghoraba does an excellent job laying out the cast of players in the Great Egyptian Drama. The beginning chapters are information-packed with explanations of Arabic terms (Salafi, Ikhwan, Thawra, felool) and clarification of the many acronyms (SCAF, CSF, MB). Egypt politics is complex and easily overwhelming. Ghoraba’s roadmap guides us through the maze.

At the heart of the struggle for self-determination is a fierce battle. Islamic political parties seek to establish rule by religious law. Liberals thirst for a government guaranteeing the rights of moderate Muslims, Christians, Shi’a and women.

In the last section of the book, you’ll find chapters devoted to the sociological and cultural forces impacting Egyptian society today. Women under assault, lack of employment, hindrance to marriage, the failure of the once respected Egyptian education system. All of these contribute to the pressure on any government to move the Land of Pharaohs forward.

I don’t agree completely with the analysis of the role of the United States under the Obama administration, but I do find it fascinating to read the viewpoint of an Egyptian whose integrity and intelligence I have come to respect.
Roadmap for Egypt’s Bumpy Road
As a way of disclosure, I’ve been following @HanyGhoraba on twitter since Mubarak’s fall and the rise of Muslim Brotherhood power. On a side note, Hany Ghoraba has been featured on a number of BBC Radio broadcasts exploring Egyptian politics.

Buy “Egypt Arab Spring: The Long and Winding Road to Democracy.” Read it. Begin to understand.