Charismatic Leadership in Egypt: Gamal Abdel Nasser

Altun, Tuğba
During the years between 1952 and 1970, Egypt was almost the most influential country in the Arab world. Gamal Abdel Nasser’s powerful image in the eyes of the Egyptians and among the Arabs in general as the president of Egypt at that time was influential. Nasser strongly supported Arab nationalism and unity in the Arab world. Also, he was passionately against colonialism and the bipolar system in the world. Therefore, he created a powerful charismatic leadership with his ideas and policies among the Arabs. However, it was interesting to note that he domestic and regional support continued even after the defeats in Yemen and in 1967 War. Thus, this study focuses on understanding how Nasser was able to continue his rule even after the defeats. It is argued that his suppressive policies at home does not explain wholly his popularity in Egypt and beyond. Instead, the thesis claims that the charismatic leadership of Nasser was one of the main reasons for the continuation of Nasser’s rule and his popularity. Therefore, the study suggests that Nasser was able to continue his rule and popularity with charismatic leadership by explaining the features of charismatic leadership, Nasser’s domestic and foreign policies, and the process of the establishment of his charismatic leadership.


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Citation Formats
T. Altun, “Charismatic Leadership in Egypt: Gamal Abdel Nasser,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2022.