James Gelvin: Understanding the Egyptian Elections 6 years ago


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James Gelvin is a scholar of Middle Eastern history. He has been a faculty member in the department of history at the University of California, Los Angeles since 1995 and has written extensively on the history of the modern Middle East, with particular emphasis on nationalism and social and cultural history. He is the author five books on current Middle Eastern issues, his most recent is "The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know." Now, a year after the Egyptian revolution, James Gelvin, like many of his colleagues, did not foresee the overwhelming victory of the Islamist parties in the elections.



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