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The politics of 'uncivil' society in Egypt
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The politics of 'uncivil' society in Egypt

Author: Maha Abdel Rahman
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Edition/Format: Article Article : EN
Publication:Review of African Political Economy, 29, no. 91 (2002): 21-35
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