9780199933730

Islam and the Arab Awakening

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    9780199933730

  • ISBN10:

    0199933731

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/1/2012
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

From December of 2010 through the summer of 2011, political mobilizations spread like wildfire across the Middle East and North Africa. Mass movements in well over a dozen nations formed in protest to social and economic conditions, dictatorship, and corruption, though the movements took widely varying forms in different countries. The ''Arab Spring'' has been characterized in many ways: as the birth of a new era, as a radical turning point between past and future, as a popular but ineffectual effort towards political and social reform, and even as a conspiracy to bring about Western democratization and domination. Tariq Ramadan presents his own analysis of these extraordinary events, focusing on the role played by Islam in the uprisings and considering what its position will be in the new societies taking shape. Unlike many sanguine observers, Ramadan sees the vulnerability of the movement to appropriation by forces opposed to the development of true Islamic democracies in the region. In addition to extensive analysis, Islam and the Arab Awakening includes an appendix of short pieces Ramadan wrote and posted online as the uprisings were taking place. As one of the world's most prominent Muslim intellectuals, Ramadan's views on the ongoing transformation of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa will be of great interest both to his admirers and his many detractors.

Author Biography


Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and is President of the European Muslim Network in Brussels. His books include What I Believe, Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation, In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad, Western Muslims and the Future of Islam, and Islam, the West, and the Challenges of Modernity.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Made-to-Order Uprisings?p. 6
Cautious Optimismp. 23
Islam, Islamism, Secularizationp. 67
The Islamic Referencep. 96
Conclusionp. 141
Acknowledgmentsp. 145
Appendicesp. 147
Notesp. 213
Indexp. 237
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