This chapter introduces the general context of the establishment of the Revolution’s Court (1953) and the People’s Court (1954). It elaborates on the principal source of this book, the ten volumes (in Arabic) of the special courts’ transcripts. The significance of this corpus stems from the fact that the transcripts not only document positions, but they also afford a rare glimpse of a direct and wide-ranging dialogical “exchange” between parties who held conflicting views. In other words, these transcripts have preserved voices and arguments of hegemonic speakers, namely, judges and prosecutors, as well as those of the opposition—defendants and witnesses. In the process, they reveal the unbridgeable gaps between the official narrative and the counter-narratives put forth by the regime’s critics. The Introduction provides an intensive survey of the book’s structure.
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