Based on the views expressed by Samuel Huntington in his ‘Clash of Civilizations’ this paper examines if the Egyptian Revolutions (2011-2013) can be perceived as a cultural clash between western democratic and islamic values. We have conducted an analysis using Huntingtons main hypothesis concerning the clash of civilisations on the Egyptian participants that are representing various narrative discourses concerning the two Egyptian Revolutions. Through this analysis we sought to examine if Huntington’s ”Clash of Civilisations”-paradigme can be used on a microlevel to explain why the revolutions occurred. We have come to the conclusion that his hypothesis concerning conflicts between civilisations is difficult to project to a micro level while the participants - both the Egyptian population and the political regimes - are represented by the same Islamic civilisation, while his theory eliminates the subjects relation to the nation. His theory furthermore neglects that given groups within a civilisation can be driven by power and not only by cultural factors. Based on the analysis of Huntington’s ”Democracy's Third Wave” we have come to the conclusion that the egyptian revolutions have been democratically progressing and recurrent. Furthermore we have used Kuhns paradigm-theory and his ‘the shared basis of theory choice’ to establish the validity of Huntington’s theory. We have concluded that Huntington’s theory contains contradictions which weakens the theory.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||24 jan. 2014|
- Samuel P. Huntington
- Det Muslimske Broderskab