The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings

The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings : End of an Old Order?

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This is a one-stop introduction to the multifaceted phenomenon of the 'Arab Spring', from the writers of Jadaliyya.

Covering the full range of issues involved in these historic events, from political economy and the role of social media, to international politics, gender, labour and the impact on culture, these firsthand accounts explore the inspirational uprisings in a way unavailable through mainstream Western and Arab media.

Covering all the major centres of disruption, including Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Libya and Bahrain, the writers also look further afield, to Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Palestine, and Iraq. The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings is the best place to start for anyone wanting to understand and interpret these dramatic events.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 28mm | 385.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745333249
  • 9780745333243
  • 1,201,029

Table of contents



Jadaliyya: Archiving the Revolution

Roger Owen


Bassam Haddad, Rosie Bsheer, and Ziad Abu-Rish

Section I - Opening Articles

1. Impromptu: A Word - Sinan Antoon

2. Preliminary Historical Observations on the Arab Revolutions of 2011 - Rashid Khalidi

3. Awakening, Cataclysm, or Just a Series of Events? Reflections on the Current Wave of Protest in the Arab World - Michael Hudson

4. Paradoxes of Arab Refo-lutions - Asef Bayat

5. The Year of the Citizen - Mouin Rabbani

6. Three Powerfully Wrong - and Wrongly Powerful - American Narratives about the Arab Spring - Jillian Schwedler, Joshua Stacher, and Stacey Philbrick Yadav

Section II - Tunisia

7. The Tunisian Revolution: Initial Reflections - Mohammed Bamyeh

8. Tunisia's Glorious Revolution and its Implications - Noureddine Jebnoun

9. Let's Not Forget about Tunisia - Nouri Gana

10. The Battle for Tunisia - Nouri Gana

Section III - Egypt

11. The Poetry of Revolt - Elliott Colla

12. Why Mubarak is Out - Paul Amar

13. Egypt's Revolution 2.0: The Facebook Factor - Linda Herrera

14. Egypt's Three Revolutions: The Force of History Behind this Popular Uprising - Omnia El Shakry

15. The Architects of the Egyptian Uprising and the Challenges Ahead - Saba Mahmood

16. The Revolution Against Neoliberalism - Walter Armbrust

17. Egypt's Orderly Transition: International Aid and the Rush to Structural Adjustment - Adam Hanieh

Section IV - Libya

18. The Arabs in Africa - Callie Maidhof

19. Tribes of Libya as the Third Front: Myths and Realities of Non-State Actors in the Long Battle for Misrata - Jamila Benkato

20. Solidarity and Intervention in Libya - Asli U Bali and Ziad Abu-Rish

Section V - Bahrain

21. Let's Talk about Sect - Tahiyya Lulu

22. Distortions of Dialogue - Tahiyya Lulu

23. When Petro-Dictators Unite: The Bahraini Opposition's Struggle for Survival - Rosie Bsheer and Ziad Abu-Rish

Section VI - Yemen

24. Yemen's Turn: An Overview - Lara Aryani

25. How it Started in Yemen: From Tahrir to Taghyir - Nir Rosen

26. Saleh Defiant - Ziad Abu-Rish

Section VII - Syria

27. Why Syria is Not Next...So Far - Bassam Haddad

28. Fear of Arrest - Hani Sayed

29. Syrian Hope: A Journal - Amal Hanano

Section VIII - Regional Reverberations of the Arab Uprisings

30. The Political Status Quo, Economic Development, and Protests in Jordan - Ziad Abu-Rish

31. Dissent and its Discontents: Protesting the Saudi State - Rosie Bsheer

32. The Never Ending Story: Protests and Constitutions in Morocco - Emanuela Dalmasso and Francesco Cavatorta

33. Emergencies and Economics: Algeria and the Politics of Memory - Muriam Haleh Davis

34. Iraq and its Tahrir Square - Zainab Saleh

35. Tahrir's Other Sky - Noura Erakat and Sherene Seikaly

36. What is [the] Left? - Maya Mikdashi

Epilogue - Parting Thoughts - Madawi Al-Rasheed


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Review quote

'As contemporary reflections, these writings capture the unfolding of revolutionary events as they happened and convey the uncertainties, hopes and disappointments of collective worlds being remade' -- Timothy Mitchell, Columbia University 'A primer of importance not only to students of the 'Arab spring', but also to those concerned with protest more generally. Registering both the exhilarating optimism and crushing disappointment of contemporary political life, this volume gives voice to some of the possibilities for and impasses to political transformation' -- Lisa Wedeen, Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science and the College,

University of Chicago 'Jadaliyya has established itself as an indispensable source dealing with the contemporary Arab world. This collection of its pieces on the Arab uprisings is perhaps the best introduction to the political movements that have shaken that region' -- Talal Asad, City University of New York 'The outburst of the Arab Revolutions demands imaginative and novel perspectives on the Arab world, and Jadaliyya has managed to provide a unique forum covering the region with a fresh approach to its issues and problems' -- Fawwaz Traboulsi, author of A History of Modern Lebanon 'During the Arab uprisings, my first port of call every day was Jadaliyya to understand and interpret the events. This book will be a much-treasured volume' -- Dr Laleh Khalili, SOAS, University of London
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About Ziad Abu-Rish

Bassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East Studies Program and teaches in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University. He is the author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (2012). Rosie Bsheer is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at Columbia University. Ziad Abu-Rish is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Ohio University.
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