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Egypt still reeling from 1967 War defeat: Naim Sabri
Al-Ahram ^ | Tuesday 5 Jun 2012 | Dina Ezzat

Posted on 06/05/2012 11:17:11 AM PDT by Olog-hai

It has been 45 years since Egypt and its Arab allies were defeated by Israel in the Six Day War.

The defeat led to the occupation of Egyptian and other Arab land, including East Jerusalem. An equally troubling outcome was the eventual retreat of calls for a strong civil state, which Egyptian president Gamal Abdel-Nasser had been working towards in the decade prior to the defeat.

"Ultimately, we ended up with a scenario in which the nation was faced with two choices: the power of the military or the power of political Islam," said novelist Naim Sabri in an interview with Ahram Online. "This was not immediate, but inevitable."

Sabri's novels, including his famous Shubra, examine the deep and often disturbing change in Egyptian society over recent decades. The starting point is usually the eve of Egypt's 1952 Revolution, which brought the monarchy to an end and launched a republic in which the military would play a central role.

A clear theme in Sabri's work is the changing role of religion in society, from a spiritual exercise in the 1950s and 1960s to a socio-economic one later on, which not only contributed little to society's evolution but actually ended up fostering intellectual stagnation.

"The 1967 defeat led to a loss of hope and aspiration; it was a moment of despair when society was searching for any exit, hence the turn to political Islam," Sabri said. …

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TOPICS: History; Miscellaneous; Poetry; Society
KEYWORDS: arabspring; egypt; islam; israel; jihad; nasser; sadat; taliban; wot
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br>Thanks Olog-hai.
It has been 45 years since Egypt and its Arab allies were defeated by Israel in the Six Day War. The defeat led to the occupation of Egyptian and other Arab land, including East Jerusalem.
"East Jerusalem" is not now nor has it ever been "Arab land". The Hashemite racist dynasty in Amman ethnically cleansed the eastern part of Jerusalem.
"Ultimately, we ended up with a scenario in which the nation was faced with two choices: the power of the military or the power of political Islam," said novelist Naim Sabri in an interview with Ahram Online. "This was not immediate, but inevitable."
IOW, Naim Sabri will be killed by jihadists.


21 posted on 06/05/2012 4:47:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Olog-hai

Even today, “Arab East Jerusalem” is used to obscure the fact that the millenia-old Jewish community there was murdered in 1948.


22 posted on 06/05/2012 6:57:11 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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