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Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and Disasters (Hardback)
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Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and Disasters (Hardback)

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Hardback 360 Pages / Published: 07/01/2016
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Civil resistance, especially in the form of massive peaceful demonstrations, was at the heart of the Arab Spring-the chain of events in the Middle East and North Africa that erupted in December 2010. It won some notable victories: popular movements helped to bring about the fall of authoritarian governments in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. Yet these apparent triumphs of non-violent action were followed by disasters-wars in Syria, anarchy in Libya and Yemen, reversion to authoritarian rule in Egypt, and counter-revolution backed by external intervention in Bahrain. Looming over these events was the enduring divide between the Sunni and Shi'a branches of Islam. Why did so much go wrong? Was the problem the methods, leadership and aims of the popular movements, or the conditions of their societies? In this book, experts on these countries, and on the techniques of civil resistance, set the events in their historical, social and political contexts. They describe how governments and outside powers-including the US and EU-responded, how Arab monarchies in Jordan and Morocco undertook to introduce reforms to avert revolution, and why the Arab Spring failed to spark a Palestinian one. They indicate how and why Tunisia remained, precariously, the country that experienced the most political change for the lowest cost in bloodshed. This book provides a vivid illustrated account and rigorous scholarly analysis of the course and fate, the strengths and the weaknesses, of the Arab Spring. The authors draw clear and challenging conclusions from these tumultuous events. Above all, they show how civil resistance aiming at regime change is not enough: building the institutions and the trust necessary for reforms to be implemented and democracy to develop is a more difficult but equally crucial task.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198749028
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 780 g
Dimensions: 303 x 175 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Written in an engaging and accessible style, Civil resistance in the Arab Spring should be of interest to a wide readership including scholars, practitioners and students of the Middle East working in a range of fields. * Lucy M. Abbott (University of Oxford), International Affairs Book Reviews *
No other book has explained the Arab Spring so thoroughly. It gives deep insight in the happenings in each country and explains why the Arab Spring failed to deliver upon its promises. The contributors scholarship is unmatched and their work answers many questions that had not been covered yet. Both experts and students of Middle East will hugely benefit from this book. * Kristine Q. Baker, Washington Book Review *

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