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Revolutionary JusticeSpecial Courts and the Formation of Republican Egypt$
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Yoram Meital

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190600839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600839.001.0001

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Rhetoric and Historical Polemics

Rhetoric and Historical Polemics

(p.100) 5 Rhetoric and Historical Polemics
Revolutionary Justice

Yoram Meital

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the rhetoric of the Revolution’s Court in the context of the efforts of the Free Officers’ regime to reshape Egypt’s historical narrative. Reassembling a picture puzzle of the past was not only meant to provide a convincing explanation for why the army had to intervene and overthrow the monarchical regime but also to clarify why the army should continue to hold the reins of power. In this context, the rhetoric of the judges and the general prosecutor categorically dissociated and distinguished between the governmental and political order existing during the monarchical era and the order that the RCC sought to establish. The serious charges brought against ‛Abd al-Hadi were actually an indictment of the ancien régime. This narrative was widely disseminated, but there was also opposition voiced against it.

Keywords:   Rhetoric, terror, Hasan al-Banna, Political Police, torture, corruption, Mustafa al-Nahhas, defective weapon, Muhammad Ali

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