Diana Elassy


This work attempts to explore the normalized state of emergency in Egypt. For more than two decades, Egypt has existed under the control of emergency legislation designed to curb civil and political rights. This work examines the current state of emergency within the framework of socio-economic, philosophy, and Egyptian history in order to assess the rationale of its raison d'etre.

The work commences with a brief history of Egypt under the rule of the Mamluk dynasty prior to European incursion and the development of the nation-state. It then discusses the European occupation, the rise of the nation-state, and the current ruling regime. The work also assesses the effect of the normalized state of emergency on the thoughts and actions of civil society and examines the impact of such an effect on the local and global level. It concludes by suggesting that the emergency law is intended to maintain status quo by suppressing collective thought and action in order to serve international interests.


Middle East Studies Center

Degree Name

MA in Middle East Studies

Date of Award


Online Submission Date


First Advisor

Charles Davidson

Committee Member 1

Kevin Dwyer

Committee Member 2

Nicholas Hopkins

Document Type



138 leaves :

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

War and emergency legislation


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Thesis 2006/18