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Cairo residents sit beneath a poster of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Photo: Shutterstock Cairo residents sit beneath a poster of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Photo: Shutterstock

Chapter 1 – Fed-up and bored

Affect and political action in revolutionary Egypt

In the years leading up to the uprising that ousted authoritarian Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from power, it was commonplace to hear outside observers and Egyptians alike blame the so-called apathy of Egyptians for the absence of revolt. Widely held views that Egyptians preferred to spend their time sipping tea at coffee shops, or watching television serials, or depending on the state for everything were immediately quashed in January and February 2011, when millions of Egyptians rose up in an effort to take down the regime that had oppressed them for decades.

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