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Author Trager, Eric, author

Title Arab Fall : how the Muslim Brotherhood won and lost Egypt in 891 days / Eric Trager
Published Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, [2016]
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Contents Late to the revolution -- An Islamist vanguard -- Post-revolutionary posturing -- Preparing for power -- The road to parliament -- Powerless parliamentarians -- The road to Ittahidiya palace -- The power struggle continues -- Power, not policy -- The power grab -- In power, but not in control -- The rebellion -- Conclusion : broken brothers -- Appendix : list of interviews with the Muslim Brotherhood
Summary Despite playing a marginal role in the spectacular 2011 Arab Spring uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak's reign, how did the Muslim Brotherhood win power so quickly in Egypt? And why did the Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, fall from power only 891 days after Mubarak in the face of widespread protests and then a bloody military coup? In Arab Fall, Eric Trager examines the decisionmaking of the Brotherhood and their political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, throughout this critical period and answers why their time in power was so short. Based in part on interviews with dozens of Brotherhood leaders and cadres including Morsi, Trager argues that the very organizational characteristics that helped the Brotherhood win power also contributed to their rapid downfall. While the organization's hierarchical structure allowed them unparalleled mobilizing capabilities, their autocratic governing style alienated much of the population and united diverse groups against them. Their insularity also left them entirely unprepared for the military coup and crackdown in July and August 2013. Trager concludes the book with an assessment the current state of Egyptian politics and whether or not the Brotherhood will reemerge in the future
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record and online resource (JSTOR, viewed November 18, 2016)
Subject Mursī, Muḥammad, 1951-
Ḥizb al-Ḥurrīyah wa-al-ʻAdālah (Egypt)
Jamʻīyat al-Ikhwān al-Muslimīn (Egypt)
Egypt -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016005194
ISBN 1626163634 (electronic bk.)
9781626163638 (electronic bk.)
(hc ;) (alk. paper)
(hc ;) (alk. paper)