• Mishana HosseiniounEmail author
Part of the Middle East Today book series (MIET)


This chapter presents a counter-narrative to prevailing discussions focusing on deteriorating human rights conditions in Egypt by charting an alternative history of a robust human rights culture, one that has paradoxically flourished over time even in a climate of authoritarian rule. Egypt’s history from the post-colonial and Arab Nationalist eras to the 2011 popular revolution and beyond is discussed particularly as it relates to the nation’s vibrant civil society and lasting legacy of judicial activism, re-contextualizing and reconciling such otherwise seemingly disparate events as the Sadat-era peace treaty with Israel and the recently proposed cession of the Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia. This discussion posits that the regime is the first to suffer the repercussions of widespread discontentment when adequate rights concessions are not provided to absorb, and account for, pent-up frustrations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Politics and International RelationsUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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