By Rita Sakr
This research examines the ways that the relationships among the inventive energy of innovative humans and the progressive energy of inventive artists, specifically writers, are glaring within the on-going Arab uprisings. Bringing jointly literature, cultural geography, and human rights discourse, it explores a number of fresh novels and memoirs from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria. those works sought to resolve the political geographies of injustice and renowned discontent and hence 'anticipated' or imaginatively expected in addition to participated in a number of the significant present upheavals of their specific nationwide contexts. via revealing socio-economic divisions and spatial injustice, disappearances and political prisons, surveillance and exile in addition to the innovative spirit of oppressed populations and the hazards of counter-revolutionary forces, civil strife, and fundamentalism, they variously re-imagine the realities that caused the differences we're now witnessing.
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See J. El Gharbi (2011). 2 (2012): 11–19. com - Trial Access - PalgraveConnect - 2013-11-01 2 ‘A Way of Making a Space for Ourselves Where We Can Make the Best of Ourselves’: Writing Egypt’s ‘Tahrir’ Abstract: This chapter argues that ‘Tahrir’ has to be addressed as both a symbolic political geography that organically extends to the entire Egyptian nation and as a language and practice of ‘Tahrir’ (‘liberation’) that spans a century of resistance against different forms of imperial hegemony and social and spatial injustice in Cairo, Egypt, and beyond.
Do you know who it was liberated from? ’ (Soueif, 2012, p. com - Trial Access - PalgraveConnect - 2013-11-01 In this city trees are torn up, not planted. The great avenue of giant eucalyptus at the beginning of the Upper Egypt road in Giza, destroyed. Trees that soared up to sixty metres, reached to the sky, planted by Muhammad ‘Ali close to two hundred years ago, torn up by the roots to make a wider road for the cars and trucks heading for Upper Egypt’. (Soueif, 1999, p. 75) 40 ‘Anticipating’ the 2011 Arab Uprisings Nothing, it seems to me, could be further from the spirit of the desert than life at the Agency – indeed, while you were there you would not know you were not in Cadogan Square with the Park a stone’s throw away instead of almost paddling in the waters of the Nile.
All of which are basic principles in any respectable political system. I call for what the people are demanding. I don’t have a communist or Islamist ideology. ] Just tell me for God’s sake: Is it OK for one party to rule the country forever? ([my translation] Salmawy, 2011, p. 29) Other characters in the novel articulate similar statements, including the young university students and Doha who undergoes a radical change and becomes drawn to al-Zainy both emotionally and ideologically. She is transformed in the process from an upper-middle class wife, whose encounters with the spaces of Cairo are mediated by her driver, into a committed protester engaged in marches and clashes against the security forces on Cairo’s streets and squares.