Europe in the World

EUSpring | Citizenship in post-awakening Egypt: power shifts and conflicting perceptions

21 January 2014
Moataz El Fegiery (Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies) and Ragab Saad (Senior Researcher at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS))

Understanding the struggle over citizenship rights remains a crucial aspect in the current turmoil in Egypt. The changing political configuration since Hosni Mubarak’s fall has influenced the struggle over citizenship rights. Ragab Saad and Moataz El Fegiery identify three phases in Egypt’s political debates about citizenship rights and their curtailing. Many constraints derived from political power games, others from more philosophical-theological factors. It is important to distinguish between these different forms of debate if we are to better understand prospects for the future of citizenship rights in Egypt.

This paper is published in the framework of the EUSPRING project on Democracy and Citizenship in North Africa after the Arab Awakening: Challenges for EU and US Foreign Policy ( The project is carried out by a consortium of organisations, including the European Policy Centre, University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights, the Centre for Mediterranean and International Studies in Tunisia and the Centre de Recherche sur l'Afrique et la Méditerranée in Morocco and coordinated by Università degli Studi L’Orientale in Naples. The project is supported by the Compagnia di San Paolo.

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