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Revolution, Revolt and Reform in North Africa

The Arab Spring and Beyond, 1st Edition

Edited by Ricardo Laremont


180 pages

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Providing an account of the recent revolutions or reform movements that constituted part of the Arab Spring, this book focuses on these transformative processes in a North African context.

Whilst the longer term outcomes of the Arab Spring revolts are not entirely clear, the revolutionary or reform processes in North Africa are further along than the events taking place in Levant or the Arabian Peninsula, elections having now been held in the post-revolutionary/ post-revolt states. Understanding and examining North African events has become critical as the countries in question are part of Mare Nostrum; events in North Africa inevitably have effects in Europe. Using examples from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Algeria, Revolution, Revolt and Reform in North Africa provides an insider scholar’s account of these recent revolutions or reform movements.

One of the first attempts at undertaking an analysis of possible transitions to democracy in the region, this book is a valuable resource for students and researchers with an interest in the Middle East, Political Science or contemporary affairs in general.


Revolution, Revolt, and Reform in North Africa: The Arab Spring and Beyond offers valuable empirical analyses by local academics, and it explains the dynamics of the revolution and reform attempts for North African countries in the Arab Spring. It is easy to read, and is recommended to academics, undergraduate, and graduate students and researchers who study North African politics.

-- Ramazan Erdag?International Relations, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Turkey

"Revolution, Revolt and Reform in North Africa is a fascinating work and should be of great interest for all those interested in North African politics, especially in the context of the Arab Spring and beyond."

- Mohammad Dawood Sofi, Aligarh Muslim University, The Muslim World Book Review

Table of Contents

Introduction – Laremont 1 Revolution, Revolt, and Reform in North Africa –Ricardo Rene Laremont 2 Demographics, Economics, and Technology: Background to the North African Revolutions– Ricardo Rene Laremont 3 The Tunisian Revolution: The Revolution of Dignity – Amira Aleya-Sghaier 4 The Egyptian Revolution: The Power of Mass Mobilization and the Spirit of Tahrir Square – Emad El-Din Shahin 5 The February 17th Intifada in Libya: Disposing of the Regime and Issues of State Building – Youssef M. Sawani 6 Morocco: A Reformist Monarchy? – Mohamed Darif 7 Algeria: Untenable Exceptionalism During the Spring of Upheavals–Azzedine Layachi 8 Moving Past Revolution and Revolt: Transitions to Democracy in North Africa– Ricardo Rene Laremont

About the Editor

Ricardo Larémont is Professor of Political Science and Sociology SUNY, Binghamton. His recent publications include: Islamic Law and Politics in Northern Nigeria; Islam and the Politics of Resistance in Algeria, 1783-1992; The Causes of War and the Consequences of Peacekeeping in Africa; and Borders, Nationalism, and the African State.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Democratization and Government

This series examines new ways of understanding democratization and government in the Middle East. The varied and uneven processes of change, occurring in the Middle Eastern region, can no longer be read and interpreted solely through the prism of Euro-American transitology. Seeking to frame critical parameters in light of these new horizons, this series instigates reinterpretations of democracy and propagates formerly ‘subaltern,’ narratives of democratization. Reinvigorating discussion on how Arab and Middle Eastern peoples and societies seek good government, Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Democratization and Government provides tests and contests of old and new assumptions.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies