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    We are all Wasatiyyun: the shifting sands of center positioning in Egypt’s early post-revolutionary party politics

    Zollner, Barbara and Kraetzschmar, H. (2019) We are all Wasatiyyun: the shifting sands of center positioning in Egypt’s early post-revolutionary party politics. Middle East Critique , ISSN 1943-6149. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    This article focuses on a common rhetorical referent in Egyptian public imagery and parlance–that of wasat (center) and its derivatives wasati/wasatiyya (centrist/centrism)–and discusses how it has been appropriated and molded in the sphere of party politics. Inductive in approach, it examines the rhetorical appropriations of the center ground by party officials, revealing not only its popularity as a marker of (ideological) self-positioning but its malleability and contextuality. The article concludes that in Egyptian party politics the center positioning of parties cannot be gauged exclusively from the study of party manifestos and/or expert surveys, but ought to include contextual analysis of how this and other ideological markers are appropriated and given meaning in elite rhetoric.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Barbara Zollner
    Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2019 09:51
    Last Modified: 22 Aug 2019 09:53
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/27194

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