Abstract

According to conventional Western wisdom, liberal ideas are unpopular among Egyptians, despite what some enthusiastic young people said in Tahrir Square in early 2011. Yet while it is true that social mores have become more conservative in Egypt in recent decades, it is not true that core liberal ideas are in retreat. On the contrary, the essentials of political liberalism—citizens’ rights, government accountability, the rule of law, limits on state power—have become so popular that the liberal ideological field has become crowded.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 86-100
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-15
Open Access
No
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