Middle East Studies
English edition  
May  2011
156 pp.
97 color illus., 30 b/w illus. 
21X21 cm
ISBN 9789774165122
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Messages from Tahrir

Signs from Egypt’s Revolution Edited by Karima Khalil

The written word of the revolution captured by 36 photographers

One of the many striking things about Egypt’s 25 January Revolution as manifested in Cairo’s Tahrir Square was the imagination and creativity of the posters, placards, and signs that the protesters wore, waved, or hung from buildings, fences, and lampposts day by day throughout the demonstrations. These emotive messages displayed a range of visual inventiveness and linguistic dexterity (in Arabic, English, and several other languages) that expressed very powerful feelings yet often entertained at the same time. Egyptian amateur photographer Karima Khalil here gathers images taken by herself and others of these messages, showing their great variety, from the simple and repeated Irhal (“Leave”), written in a hundred different ways, to poems, rhyming slogans, puns, jokes, and tributes to the martyrs killed by security forces in the protests. These messages, captured by more than thirty photographers, form a compelling visual record of a people’s long suppressed hopes and desires.
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Karima Khalil, a medical doctor, lives in Cairo and is an amateur photographer. The other photographers represented in this book are both local and foreign, amateur and professional.

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"Photographs capture fleeting moments and live on, preserving truth and human emotion. This book chronicles the 25 January Revolution without text or theorizing; it presents the reality of what happened, changing Egypt and the whole Arab world."—Alaa Al Aswany, author of The Yacoubian Building

"Astonishing and often deeply moving images from the frontline of one of the most hopeful moments in modern history."—William Dalrymple, author of From the Holy Mountain

"A unique, collective, visual translation of the powerful poetics of Egypt's revolution, which galvanized the world with its determination, creativity, drama, and humor; these are memorable images that will forever be engraved in the histories of resistance."—Samia Mehrez, author of The Literary Atlas of Cairo

"Signs and words were all they had, no guns or weapons, just the will to hold their ground, holding signs. Only in a dream would that be enough to conquer oppression and injustice. Maybe that was what it was, a dream . . . written on signs."—Bassem Youssef, the Bassem Youssef show

"Look carefully and you will see the reborn Egyptian phoenix in all the images, carrying the torch of change and tracing out the future in letters of light."—Khaled Al Khamissi, author of Taxi

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