By Rita Sakr
This learn examines the ways that the relationships among the inventive strength of progressive humans and the progressive energy of artistic artists, in particular writers, are obvious within the on-going Arab uprisings. Bringing jointly literature, cultural geography, and human rights discourse, it explores various contemporary novels and memoirs from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria. those works sought to resolve the political geographies of injustice and renowned discontent and hence 'anticipated' or imaginatively predicted in addition to participated in a few of the significant present upheavals of their specific nationwide contexts. by means of revealing socio-economic divisions and spatial injustice, disappearances and political prisons, surveillance and exile in addition to the innovative spirit of oppressed populations and the hazards of counter-revolutionary forces, civil strife, and fundamentalism, they variously re-imagine the realities that prompted the modifications we're now witnessing.
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The uprising in Egypt proved that the public space of information flow complements the public space of mobilization on the streets and squares rather than replaces it. In this respect, Pagès-El Karoui, in an excellent paper delivered at LSE on 28 March 2012, astutely argues that: ‘If social networks and Internet have played an important role in gathering social contestation and organising street actions, the conquest and control of public space in main cities remains crucial for the uprising to succeed, as the symbolic Tahrir square reminds us’ (p.
92). The political geography of the square and the mosque are thus intertwined in the ‘historical consciousness’ of the Egyptian revolutionary process. Moreover, in depicting Islamist students’ protests against the Egyptian government’s acquiescence to the American invasion of Iraq and collusion with Israel, al-Aswany reveals the potential of radicalized political anger spilling from the university to the central streets and squares of the capital and the repressive measures practiced by the Central Security forces who: were waiting for them in front of the university and the moment the students went out into the square, the soldiers, armed with huge sticks, helmets, and metal shields attacked them and started beating them savagely.
513). The Map of Love’s epic perspective on century-long shifting geopolitics and continued imperial and post-imperial contestation across the spaces of Cairo, Egypt, and the region more generally is re-focused through the lens of 2012 Cairo’s depiction of Tahrir Square’s political geography and of the multilayered act of ‘Tahrir’. In this context, Cairo shows how the ideological space of Makram’s statue extends to the monument that commemorates Abdel Moneim Riyad, the Chief of Staff of the Egyptian and Arab forces in the ‘War of Attrition’ against Israel, a key juncture between the early and later post-colonial eras in Egypt’s recent history and the post-imperial history of the region.