The turbolent politics of Egyptian football

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Tamara's Football Mosaic

On Academia I’ve come across a very interesting blog, called The Turbolent World of Middle East Soccer, edited by James M. Dorsey. It covers political and social issues surrounding football (soccer) in the Middle East. “This blog explores the role of soccer at a time of transition from autocratic rule to a more open society.” The main emphasis is therefore on the political struggles in the times of the Arab Spring. As the author describes it: “Soccer in the Middle East and North Africa is played as much on as off the pitch. Stadiums are a symbol of the battle for political freedom; economic opportunity; ethnic, religious and national identity; and gender rights. Alongside the mosque, the stadium was until the Arab revolt erupted in late 2010 the only alternative public space for venting pent-up anger and frustration. It was the training ground in countries like Egypt…

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