Nostalgia for the Monarchy in Egypt

Source: The Moshe Dayan Center For Middle Eastern And African Studies
Author(s): Joyce van de Bildt – de Jong

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“May God have mercy on your days… If only another [like you] would come!”[1] In recent years, this melancholic homage to King Faruq has appeared repeatedly on Facebook pages that romanticize the Egyptian monarchal period (1805-1953). The sentimental yearning for the monarchy is a reaction to present popular grievances, in particular the lack of stability, security, freedom, and economic opportunities in Egyptian society today….

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