The Second Arab Awakening by Adeed Dawisha
Revolution, Democracy, and the Islamist Challenge from Tunis to Damascus

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An eye-opening survey of the recent Arab revolutions and their political consequences, comparing them to those of a previous generation.

When Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, in December 2010, sparking a wave of popular uprisings that would topple dictatorial regimes across North Africa and the Middle East, observers hailed the onset of a great “Arab Awakening.”

But this wasn’t the first time people in Tunisia, Egypt, and elsewhere across the region had taken to the streets demanding fundamental change. An earlier generation, in the 1950s and 1960s, rose against Arab governments that were doing the bidding of colonial powers. A generation later, many of these revolutionary heroes and their inheritors had themselves become murderous tyrants, leading the people to rebel a second time.

In The Second Arab Awakening, distinguished academic and writer Adeed Dawisha brings a deep historical perspective to the recent Arab uprisings, tracing the fledgling and uncertain progress so far of these revolutions and the Islamist challenge that has emerged in their wake. Elegantly written, detailed yet concise, Dawisha’s illuminating exploration of the threats and opportunities facing the victorious revolutionaries provides necessary perspective on a fast-changing political landscape.


About Adeed Dawisha

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Born in Baghdad, Adeed Dawisha is a University Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Miami University in Ohio. His many books include Iraq: A Political History and Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century: From Triumph to Despair.
Published April 8, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 288 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Many question whether the blossom of democracy after 2011’s Arab Spring remains viable, or if indeed the new normal will prove even worse than what preceded it. In his latest, Iraqi political scientis

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A solid overview of the Arab revolutions, country by country, from the first nationalist stirrings of the 1950s that put the dictators in place to the snowballing events in recent years.

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Palin switched tones throughout her confident performance, running the gamut from reverent to cheeky to indignant to defiant as she invited her audience to buy into her vision of a younger, stronger and wiser conservative movement led by right-wing heroes du jour like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz—and, of ...

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While pondering the future relationship between Islam and democracy, Dawisha opines that “in the end, Islam is what Muslims make of it,” an assertion with which many Muslims as well as critics of Islam would take issue.

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The title of Adeed Dawisha’s new book, “The Second Arab Awakening,” which examines the ongoing upheaval in the Arab world, prompts the question, “When was the first one?” Many people would point to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, during a period of intellectual, literary, cultural and pol...

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