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Nasser's Blessed MovementEgypt's Free Officers and the July RevolutionWith a New Introduction$
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Joel Gordon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167782

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167782.001.0001

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"Lift Up Your Head"

"Lift Up Your Head"

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Nasser's Blessed Movement

Joel Gordon

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter examines the Free Officers' political agenda for their revolution. The officers' revolution was supposed to be only temporary, but they ended up overturning the liberal order in an attempt to clear the path for a turnover in party leadership. Their assertion of direct power was a reflection of the need for a bolder, more long-term strategy as far as Egypt's political reform was concerned. The chapter first considers the response of many liberals to the new regime before discussing the Command Council of the Revolution's (CCR) founding of a new political movement called Liberation Rally, designed to encourage national unity under the slogan “Lift up your head, my brother.” It then looks at the CCR's abolition of the monarchy and declaration of Egypt as a republic headed by Muhammad Nagib and Gamal Abdel Nasser. It also analyzes the show trials instigated by the government to prosecute old-regime figures for corruption and abuse of power.

Keywords:   revolution, liberal order, Egypt, political reform, Command Council of the Revolution, Liberation Rally, national unity, Muhammad Nagib, Gamal Abdel Nasser, show trials

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