Texas Tech Middle East Scholar on Reform and Revolution Available to Explain Egyptian Crisis

The dust has yet to settle with the current revolution, and the outcome is hardly a foregone conclusion, said Saad Abi-Hamad, an associate professor in the Department of History.

Though some may call for America to back Hosni Mubarak at any cost, one Texas Tech University expert in Egyptian political history warned doing so may cause Arab people to resent and ostracize the United States even further.

The dust has yet to settle with the current revolution, and the outcome is hardly a foregone conclusion, said Saad Abi-Hamad, an associate professor in the Department of History. But it’s doubtful that Egypt will become a country ruled by Islamic law. That is, unless the United States and other important players make fatal errors in politicking and the population is significantly more radicalized.

Abi-Hamad can answer questions regarding the historical events that got Egypt to this point, how today’s violence between protesting groups could cause major problems with restoring peace, how this grassroots revolution grew through young middle class protesters using Internet communications, and explain why cool heads and careful policy decisions by the United States are important to keep the peace in the future.

CONTACT: Saad Abi-Hamad, assistant professor, Department of History, Texas Tech University, saad.abi-hamad@ttu.edu. Contact John Davis for Abi-Hamad’s phone number at (806) 742-2136 or john.w.davis@ttu.edu.