Vertical vs. Horizontal: Egypt's State-Religion Discourse Before and After the Arab Spring

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Abstract

The state-religion relations discourse in Egyptian Society during the Arab Spring sheds light on the discourse during Mubarak's reign and enables us to reexamine it. Borrowing from the theory of the great sociologist Basil Bernstein, I argue that the state-religion discourse after the 2011 upheaval was a horizontal one i.e. wide, segmentally organized and multi-layered with multiple participants and approaches, unconstrained, and free of censorship. In fact, the very opposite of the discourse in the last decade of Mubarak's rule, which was vertical - narrow, limited, and dictated by the ruler. Accordingly, I will demonstrate that Mubarak nationalized the discourse and emptied it by forcing a uniformed model of a civil state.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 2018
EventInternational Workshop "From Thawrat 1919 to the Arab Spring: A Century of Egyptian History Reconsidered - Egypt Forum, Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 2 Jan 20184 Jan 2018

Conference

ConferenceInternational Workshop "From Thawrat 1919 to the Arab Spring: A Century of Egyptian History Reconsidered
Country/TerritoryIsrael
CityTel Aviv
Period2/01/184/01/18

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