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Translating Egypt's RevolutionThe Language of Tahrir (A Tahrir Studies Edition)$
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Samia Mehrez

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165337

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165337.001.0001

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The People and the Army Are One Hand: Myths and Their Translations

The People and the Army Are One Hand: Myths and Their Translations

(p.249) 7 The People and the Army Are One Hand: Myths and Their Translations
Translating Egypt's Revolution

Sarah Hawas

American University in Cairo Press

Addresses the question of how to translate the use of slogans in simultaneous support and opposition to the army from January well into the time of writing in August 2011. Through the varying terms of language (slogans, gestures, songs, and images) the author maps out how the fetishized myth of “the army and the people are one hand” is historically constructed and gradually undone even as demonstrators continue to make a difference between the army as “family” with its historic allegiance to the people and the authoritarian SCAF that is generally viewed as part of Mubarak's regime that continues to ally itself to the interests of the US and Israel instead of the demands of the people.

Keywords:   One Hand, Slogans, Chants, Egyptian military, Egyptian army, Mubarak regime, SCAF

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