By Elie Podeh
"An huge, immense volume of educational literature has been released on Nasserism because the Nineteen Fifties and, to my brain, Rethinking Nasserism is indisputably the ultimate at the topic. . . . a good reappraisal of Nasserism as an enormous strength within the 20th-century heart East."--Israel Gershoni, Tel Aviv collage President Gamal 'Abd Nasser was once a loved determine of the Egyptian humans and loomed huge over the Arab international in the course of his interval of impression (1952-1970). Nasser ruled and outlined the politics of a whole iteration of Egyptians and effectively spoke to the hundreds of Arabs in different international locations, even going over the heads in their personal leaders--something that no different Arab chief on account that has been capable of accomplish given that on any huge scale. In Rethinking Nasserism, exotic students from Israel, the U.S., and Egypt offer a definitive reappraisal of the historic strength of Nasserism within the ideological, monetary, social, and cultural arenas of the fashionable heart East in most cases and of Egypt particularly. The cutting edge subject of the gathering is Nasserism as a sort of populism, defined through the editors of their advent as a mixture of varied tenets of anti-imperialism, pan-Arabism (or nationalism), and Arab socialism. The e-book reassesses the achievements and screw ups of Nasserism in the course of Nasser's presidency and the lasting impression of his ideology on next regimes in Egypt and at the whole Arab international. Contents Foreword via Gabriel Ben-Dor advent: Nasserism as a sort of Populism, via Elie Podeh and Onn Winckler half I. photos of Nasserism 1. Gamal 'Abd al-Nasser: Iconology, Ideology, and Demonology, via Leonard Binder 2. Demonizing the opposite: Israeli Perceptions of Nasser and Nasserism, by means of Elie Podeh three. historical past, Politics, and Public reminiscence: The Nasserist Legacy in Mubarak's Egypt, by way of Meir Hatina half II. Political and Social facets of Nasserism four. Nasserism's criminal Legacy: Accessibility, responsibility, and Authoritarianism, via Nathan J. Brown five. activities, Society, and Revolution: Egypt within the Early Nasserite interval, by means of Yoav Di-Capua 6. Nasserist and Post-Nasserist Elites in an reputable Biographical Lexicon, by means of Uri M. Kupferschmidt half III. Nasser's international coverage 7. 'Abd al-Nasser's nearby Politics: A Reassessment, through Avraham Sela eight. 'Abd al-Nasser and the U.S.: Enemy or buddy? by way of David W. Lesch nine. Nasser and the Soviets: A Reassessment, through Rami Ginat half IV. Nasser's Socioeconomic guidelines and Achievements 10. An overview of Egypt's improvement approach, 1952-1970, by means of M. Riad El-Ghonemy eleven. Nasser's Egypt and Park's Korea: A comparability in their fiscal Achievements, by means of Paul Rivlin 12. Nasser's relatives making plans coverage in standpoint, through Gad G. Gilbar and Onn Winckler half V. Cultural points of Nasserism thirteen. The Nightingale and the Ra'is: 'Abd al-Halim Hafiz and Nasserist Longings, by means of Joel Gordon 14. Nasser and Nasserism as Perceived in sleek Egyptian Literature via Allusions to Songs, by means of Gabriel M. Rosenbaum Elie Podeh is senior lecturer within the division of Islam and heart japanese historical past on the Hebrew collage of Jerusalem.
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If he could succeed in spreading the pan-Arab message among Egyptian villagers,119 who for centuries had been Egyptian-centered in terms of their identity, then it was hardly surprising that Arabs outside Egypt would be attracted to his doctrine as well. The success of his populist style of leadership on the Arab stage can thus be primarily attributed to the similarity of historical processes that Egypt and other Arab countries were undergoing. 120 With respect to international politics, populist leaders may search for a middle path between East and West, thus opting for neutralism or nonalignment.
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For those perceiving the Arab world as Egypt’s natural lebensraum, a golden opportunity now presented itself. Undoubtedly, Nasser, in his quest for regional preeminence, was aware of these political-strategic considerations, with his claim resting on the existence of a shared Arab identity not devoid of Islamic undertones. Thus, as Sela concludes, “Nasser’s years in power were marked by a constant drive for all-Arab hegemony,” but he was in fact “halfhearted in his self-aggrandizement” (see chapter 7).
Rethinking Nasserism: Revolution and Historical Memory in Modern Egypt by Elie Podeh