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American Studies Encounters the Middle East$
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Alex Lubin and Marwan M. Kraidy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469628844

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628844.001.0001

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The Reception of U.S. Discourse on the Egyptian Revolution

The Reception of U.S. Discourse on the Egyptian Revolution

Between the Popular and the Official

(p.136) The Reception of U.S. Discourse on the Egyptian Revolution
American Studies Encounters the Middle East

Mounira Soliman

University of North Carolina Press

This essay is a reading of the popular reaction of the Egyptian public to the ambiguous position of the U.S. on the 2011 Egyptian revolution. The position of the Obama administration fluctuated between support for the Egyptian regime and its own political interests on the one hand, and an attempt to gain the trust of the Egyptian youth and living up to its idealistic image as the epitome of freedom and democracy. This double standard reaction did not please either the Tahrir youth, who expected the Obama administration to legitimize its position on the side of the people, or for that matter the Egyptian government which perceived the U.S. as forfeiting the support it has unconditionally provided Mubarak’s regime throughout the thirty years of his reign. The essay highlights the tripartite relationship between the U.S. political rhetoric, the official Egyptian response, and the reaction of the Egyptian public, shedding light on how the latter in targeting either of the first two often also directly impacts the other.

Keywords:   Egyptian revolution, popular culture, U.S. Discourse

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