The Arab Revolution Ten Lessons from the Democratic Uprising

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  • Copyright: 2011-11-23
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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When Mohammad Bouazizi sets himself on fire on December 17, 2010, he started a series of extraordinary events that spread across the Middle East with stunning rapidity. In less than a month, President Ben Ali fled Tunisia, ending a twenty-three year regime. Shortly thereafter, on 11 February2011, President Mubarak of Egypt stepped down after nearly thirty years in power. In The Arab Revolution, Jean-Pierre Filiu offers a concise but sweeping account of the earth-shattering revolts that began in Tunis and continue today throughout the Middle East. Stressing the deep historical roots of the events, Filiu organizes the book around ten lessons that illuminate both theuprisings in particular and the region in general. He shows, for instance, that these movements didn't erupt out of thin air - Arabs have been fighting for their rights for more than a generation. The author sheds light on the role of youth - whose anger is power, he notes, and who embrace themessage "tomorrow is yours, if you fight for it" - as well as the important role that social networks played in Tunisia and Egypt. Filiu also argues that in the aftermath, jihadists are in a difficult position, because the essentially peaceful grassroots protests in Tunisia and Egypt have undercuttheir message of violence and indeed have called into question their relevance. The book also reveals that, despite being somewhat overshadowed by the Arab uprising, Palestine remains the central concern throughout the Middle East. By shining a light on these lessons rather than providing a strictly chronological account, Filiu provides a far richer and deeper portrait of the revolutionary movements sweeping the region - as well as an insightful look at life in the Middle East today.

Author Biography

Jean-Pierre Filiu is Professor of Middle East Studies at Sciences Po in Paris, and has held visiting professorships at both Columbia University and Georgetown University. His book The Apocalypse in Islam was awarded the main prize by the French History Association. His books on the Arab world have been published in a dozen languages.

Table of Contents

Chronologyp. vii
Prologuep. 3
Arabs are no exceptionp. 5
Muslims are not only Muslimsp. 17
Anger is power for the youngerp. 31
Social networks workp. 43
Leaderless movements can winp. 57
The alternative to democracy is chaosp. 73
Islamists must choosep. 91
Jihadis could become obsoletep. 107
Palestine is still the mantrap. 121
No domino effect in the renaissancep. 135
Lyrics of "Mister President" by El-General (Sfax, December 2010)p. 149
Manifesto of the Gaza Youth (14 December 2010)p. 153
Message of the April 6th Movement (Cairo, 15 January 2011)p. 157
Comments by Sheikh Salman al-Awda (Riyadh, 7 February 2011)p. 159
Communiqué of the Revolutionary Youth (Cairo, 12 February 2011)p. 161
Charter of the National Transitional Council (Benghazi, 2 March 2011)p. 163
Statement of the Syrian local coordination committees (22 April 2011)p. 167
Notesp. 171
Select Bibliographyp. 189
Electronic resourcesp. 191
Indexp. 193
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