The widespread revolt that began with the Tunisian revolution of December 2010 and inspired uprisings in several Arab countries is arguably one of the most important events to take place in the Middle East this century. But despite the popularity of the uprisings; the overthrow of dictatorships; and revolt's huge costs in human life and economic hardship, the Arab world remains a tense region, the so-called Arab Spring an unfinished cause. This collection of original essays by 21 internationally respected scholars and experts explores the underlying tensions and conditions that gave rise to the revolt-social, political, economic, and ideological-and explains how Arab citizens are defining new destinies for their societies. It is an essential resource for understanding the popular uprisings and the future of the Middle East and North Africa.
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Stuart Schaar is professor emeritus at the department of history at Brooklyn College, CUNY. He now teaches a course on the Arab Spring to American students studying abroad at Amideast, Rabat, Morocco. He is a recipient of a 2 ½ year Ford Foundation research grant and five John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowships. He is co-editor of The Middle East and Islamic World Reader (New York: Grove Press, 3rd ed., 2012).
Mohsine El Ahmadi heads Groupe de Recherche et d Intervention Sociologiques, a research group dealing with sociological inquiry. He is Associate Professor of Political Sociology at Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech and the International University of Rabat, Morocco. He is also Associate Researcher at the Paris-based Center of Analysis and Sociological Inquiry within the National Center for Scientific Research. He is the author of three books on the Islamist movement in Morocco and a co-authored book in French (with Fatima Mernissi) titled Dreams of Youth. He received a Fulbright Fellowship for Georgetown University in Washington, DC in 2009-2010.
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