Egypt on the Brink - Revised Edition

Yale to publish revised and updated edition of Tarek Osman's acclaimed 'Egypt on the Brink'

Monday, 15 August 2011

Back in November 2010 Yale published the aptly-titled Egypt on the Brink by Tarek Osman, a lively account of Egypt, its recent history and the increasingly febrile political situation. Within months, the Egyptian people had risen in protest against the regime and President Mubarak was forced to resign. Now he stands trial. In a fully-revised and updated edition of Egypt on the Brink, Osman continues the extraordinary story of the February 2011 protests, and discusses their implications for Egypt and the rest of the world.

Tarek Osman's presciently-titled book Egypt on the Brink: From Nasser to Mubarak was published last year to great acclaim. Preempting the uprising to come, Osman recognised the country as an increasingly repressive and divided land. In his book Osman explored what happened to the biggest Arab nation since President Nasser took control of the country in 1954. He examined Egypt’s central role in the development of the two crucial movements of the period, Arab nationalism and radical Islam; the increasingly contentious relationship between Muslims and Christians; and perhaps most important of all, the rift between the cosmopolitan elite and the mass of the undereducated and underemployed population, more than half of whom are aged under thirty.

In his new edition entitled Egypt on the Brink: From the Rise of Nasser to the Fall of Mubarak (published soon) Osman brings the reader up to speed with the current events in Egypt, detailing the historic demonstrations in January and February 2011 and the overthrowing of Mubarak. In the updated edition Osman places these events firmly in context with the Arab Spring movement that continues to shake the Middle East and North Africa. Whatever the outcome of Mubarak’s trial, and indeed the ensuing conflict in Libya, the events of February 2011 will be remembered for many years to come.

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