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Al-Qaeda 2.0A Critical Reader$
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Donald Holbrook

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190856441

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190856441.001.0001

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Message of Hope and Glad Tidings to our People in Egypt, Part 8

Message of Hope and Glad Tidings to our People in Egypt, Part 8

December 2011

By Ayman al-Zawahiri

(p.33) Message of Hope and Glad Tidings to our People in Egypt, Part 8
Al-Qaeda 2.0
Donald Holbrook

Cerwyn Moore

Oxford University Press

The Arab Spring revolutions undermined the relevancy of Al-Qaeda, as forces that were anathema to the group—nationalism, pluralism, areligious mass mobilization—had materialized to topple secular regimes, which otherwise had always been a central objective of Al-Qaeda and Zawahiri in particular. The latter thus responded, seeking to exploit disillusionment in the fallout of the revolutions and reframing the events according to Al-Qaeda’s agenda. The mainstay of this public relations initiative was his ‘Message of Hope and Glad Tidings’ series, aimed predominantly at citizens of his native Egypt, but with dedicated messages to peoples across the Arab world. In this eighth instalment of the series, we thus dip into an ongoing debate where Zawahiri continues in his attempts at reframing the revolutions, presenting the uprising in Egypt as a protest against areligious laws and treaties and against the peaceful relations with Israel, underpinned by American interference

Keywords:   Ayman al-Zawahiri, Egypt, Arab Spring, Al-Qaeda

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