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The war against terror, neo-medievalism, and the Egyptian Revolution

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The war against terror, neo-medievalism, and the Egyptian Revolution. / Diken, Bulent.

In: New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory and Politics , Vol. 75, 08.2012, p. 26-44.

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Diken, B 2012, 'The war against terror, neo-medievalism, and the Egyptian Revolution', New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory and Politics , vol. 75, pp. 26-44. https://doi.org/10.3898/NewF.75.02.2012

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Diken, B. (2012). The war against terror, neo-medievalism, and the Egyptian Revolution. New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory and Politics , 75, 26-44. https://doi.org/10.3898/NewF.75.02.2012

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Diken B. The war against terror, neo-medievalism, and the Egyptian Revolution. New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory and Politics . 2012 Aug;75:26-44. https://doi.org/10.3898/NewF.75.02.2012

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Diken, Bulent. / The war against terror, neo-medievalism, and the Egyptian Revolution. In: New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory and Politics . 2012 ; Vol. 75. pp. 26-44.

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