Had the rising been a popular revolution or a counterrevolution?
Even though the popular revolutions had been defeated, social change was in the air.
But does that translate into popular revolution in the name of Islam?
What followed was a genuine popular revolution that startled an entire region.
It was the prevailing wisdom that a popular revolution would occur soon.
Until recently, it had no modern record of violent or popular revolution.
We never expected that such a popular revolution could turn out to be against the will of the people.
It is historic, but also unexpected, as are all popular revolutions, I hear you say.
This would have been because it was the product of a genuine popular revolution.
We had a popular revolution, now it's time for the political revolution.