Counterterrorism and Human Rights in Egypt
Permanent Exceptions in the War on Terror
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This book reveals how counterterrorism discourse became the main tool of a systematic violation of human rights in Egypt after the Arab Spring.
It examines how the civic and democratic uprising in Egypt turned into robust authoritarianism under the pretence of counterterrorism and the ‘war on terror’. By interrogating Egypt’s counterterrorism legislation, the book identifies a correlation between counterterrorism narratives and the systemic violation of human rights. It examines the construction of a national security state that has little tolerance for dissent, political debate or the questioning of official policy, and how the anti-terrorism measures undertaken are actually anti-democracy strategies. The book also traces 150 years of Egyptian counterterrorism and counterinsurgency discourse, and analyses how this links with these practices of human rights assaults. By investigating how this discourse constructs and reproduces knowledge about terrorism and counterterrorism practices in Egypt, the book highlights how the government legitimises these violations against the population in the interests of the ruling elite.
This book will be of much interest to students of terrorism studies, critical terrorism studies, discourse theory, Middle Eastern politics, and International Relations.
Table of Contents
1. Terrorism Studies, Counterterrorism, and the Use of Violence
2. Colonial and Postcolonial Experience
3. Counterterrorism Discourse in Sisi’s Egypt
4. Counterterrorism and Human Rights in Sisi’s Egypt
Ahmed M. Abozaid is a researcher at Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews, UK.