Introduction: Revolution and Counter-revolution in Egypt


This introduction to the ROAPE debate reasserts the centrality of revolutionary theory to understand the dynamics of social and political struggles in contemporary Middle East and North Africa. Framed around the conceptual and political interventions brought about by Brecht De Smet’s Gramsci on Tahrir (2016), we discuss the utility of Gramscian concepts in explaining the trajectories of social mobilisations in the peripheries of global capitalism.

Review of African Political Economy
Cemal Burak Tansel
Lecturer in International Politics

I am a Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Politics & International Relations at the University of Sheffield, specialising in the historical sociology of state formation and capitalist development in the Middle East and the political economy of development.