Lessons from the Egyptian Revolution
The Egyptian Revolution saw one of the largest and most comprehensive peaceful revolutions in history. 12 million people took to the streets in a period of 18 days to oust a 30 year autocratic president and a 60 year entrenched regime. The Egypt revolution was non-ideological, non-partisan, and non-sectarian, and as thus represents a case study in the psychology, process, and implementation of unifying mass movements. What were the key ingredients that helped pull off one of the greatest revolutions in history? Ahmed Rehab, who participated in the Tahrir Square movement, shares his first-hand account.
Ahmed Rehab is an American Muslim activist and writer with a focus on contemporary social issues including civil rights, media relations, and Islam-West relations. Rehab is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, and CNN.com. He is currently the Executive Director of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), a Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization which under Rehab's tenure has developed from a start-up into one of the most notable not-for-profit civil rights offices of its kind anywhere in the United States.