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On the fifth anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution, NADIA IDLE speaks with the protestors who Tweeted from Tahrir Square

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Nadia Idle: Was it worth it? And why?

@TheAlexandrian: Well, that really depends on your time horizon. Any wholesale societal shifts of the sort that we witnessed across the region five years ago will naturally involve a period of adjustment before a new equilibrium is reached. This period will naturally come with quite a bit of difficulty. Even in the region’s lone “success story” Tunisia, consternation and unease remain high. At any given point in recent years, one could look to the continued repression, economic stagnation, and security breakdowns across Egypt and conclude that all this was assuredly not worth it. Yet, without minimising the real toll felt by everyday Egyptians, what we are seeing is the growing pains that generally attend to the breakdown of authoritarian rule. It will likely take a generation to pass before we can meaningfully assess whether the current tumult was truly worthwhile.

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TWEETS FROM TAHRIR is featured in the New Yorker AND the New York Times

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Tweets from Tahrir

From the New Yorker’s piece, “The Book of Egypt Tweets:”

Galleycat reported yesterday that OR Books, an on-demand publisher that describes itself as dedicated to “progressive change in politics, culture and the way we do business,” has announced the release later this month of “Tweets from Tahrir,” an edited collection of Twitter posts that played an essential role in the recent uprising and ouster of Mubarak in Egypt. Alex Nunns, a British journalist, and Nadia Idle, an Egyptian who was on the ground in Cairo during the protests, began archiving tweets as they were posted, and have been combing through feeds ever since to build a portrait of, as Nunns tweeted in February, a “1st draft [of] history.”


From the New York Times piece, “‘Tweets From Tahrir’ Collects Egypt Posts in a Book:”

Some of the earliest and most raw reports of the revolution in Egypt were published on Twitter. Now an enterprising publisher, OR Books, has gathered many of those Twitter messages for a book, “Tweets From Tahrir,” a narrative of the revolution told in snippets of 140 characters or less.

In a feat of nearly real-time publishing, the book will be released on April 21, a little over two months after the revolution unseated Egypt’s president. It will be sold for $12 in paperback form and $10 in e-book form.


Mediabistro features OR Books’ forthcoming title TWEETS FROM TAHRIR

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

On April 21st, OR Books will publish Tweets from Tahrir: Egypt’s Revolution as It Unfolded, in the Words of the People Who Made It, a collection of dispatches and photographs from Twitter users during Egypt’s dramatic transfer of power last month.

The book contains “a selection of key tweets in a compelling, fast-paced narrative, allowing the story of the uprising to be told directly by the people in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.” The collection will be edited by Alex Nunns and Nadia Idle, with a foreward by author Ahdaf Soueif.

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