Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction to the Paperback Edition

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pp. ix-xlvi

When Egypt after Mubarak appeared in 2008, the country seemed to have a stable authoritarian regime. The book argued that this stability was illusory and that the economic and ideological foundations of the statist order of Mubarak were eroding. However, it was unclear when or how a new order would emerge. ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xlvii-xlviii

This project began as a doctoral dissertation on the emergence of constitutionalism in Egypt. My dissertation advisor, David Apter, provided many suggestions that helped to frame the research and develop the argument. I also received helpful advice from several other members of Yale University’s political science department, ...

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1. Hybrid Regimes and Arab Democracy

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pp. 1-31

On April 30, 2006, the Egyptian Parliament voted by a large majority to renew the emergency law. This law grants the president extraordinary powers to detain citizens, prevent public gatherings, and issue decrees with little accountability to Parliament or the people. ...

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2. Liberal Constitutionalism: Preserving and Adapting Egypt’s Liberal Tradition

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pp. 32-76

These remarks, by the president of the de facto professional association for judges (the Judges’ Club), reaffirmed the judiciary’s role as the standard bearer of Egypt’s liberal tradition. This tradition has its foundations in the legal and educational reforms of the late nineteenth century. ...

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3. Islamic Constitutionalism: The Political Goals of Moderate Islam

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pp. 77-130

As Muhammad ‘Akif walked into the auditorium in downtown Cairo, the assembled journalists were both skeptical and curious. ‘Akif had been a relatively unknown figure in the Muslim Brotherhood. Now, in March 2004, he was the newly appointed General Guide of the organization. ...

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4. The Decline of Statism and the Convergence of Political Alternatives

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pp. 131-196

As the preceding two chapters suggest, Egypt’s rich intellectual history has produced both liberal and Islamic conceptions of constitutionalism. However, they were on the periphery of political life for much of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Throughout this period, the prevailing ideology was a sweeping conception of statism that created a vast and pervasive state apparatus. ...

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5. Economic Restructuring and the Rise of Market Liberalism

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pp. 197-230

The convergence of political alternatives offered by liberal constitutionalism and Islamic constitutionalism will not, alone, determine the future of Egyptian politics. Political decisions remain in the hands of a small elite that has few ties to the judges or the Muslim Brotherhood leaders discussed in the previous chapter. ...

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6. Liberalism, Islam, and Egypt’s Political Future

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pp. 231-260

The market liberals discussed in the previous chapter call for an accountable state with clearly delineated functions that is constrained by law and by institutions. This state is limited, but it is not weak. In their view, the state must have the authority and the capability to regulate the market, collect taxes, enforce contracts, prevent monopoly behavior, ...

Bibliography

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pp. 261-278

Index

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pp. 279-292

Other Works in the Series

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