The self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi in Tunisia in December 2010 heralded the arrival of the ‘Arab Spring,’ a startling, yet not unprecedented, era of profound social and political upheaval.
The meme of the Arab Spring is characterised by bottom-up change, or the lack thereof, and its effects are still unfurling today. The Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring seeks to provide a departure point for ongoing discussion of a fluid phenomenon on a plethora of topics, including:
- Contexts and contests of democratisation
- The sweep of the Arab Spring
- Women and the Arab Spring
- Agents of change and the technology of protest
- Impact of the Arab Spring in the wider Middle East and further afield
Collating a wide array of viewpoints, specialisms, biases, and degrees of proximity and distance from events that shook the Arab world to its core, the Handbook is written with the reader in mind, to provide students, practitioners, diplomats, policy-makers and lay readers with contextualization and knowledge, and to set the stage for further discussion of the Arab Spring.
Table of Contents
1. Unruliness Through Space and Time: Re-Constructing Peoplehood in the Arab Spring Part 1: Introducing the Arab Spring: Reflections on Contexts and Contests of Democratization 2. On the 'Arab Spring Laurence Whitehead 3. Arab Politics After the Uprisings Michael Hudson 4. Toward a Historical Sociology of the Arab Uprising Raymond Hinnebusch 5. The Arab Spring Mustapha Kamel Al-Sayyid Part 2: The 'Travel' of Revolution: from Tunis to Sanaa 6. Interpreting the Tunisian Revolution: Beyond Bou'azizi Amor Boubakri 7. The Roots of the Tunisian Revolution Sami Zemni 8. Tunisian Revolution and the International-Domestic Nexus Corinna Mullin 9. Libya's Arab Spring Anas A. Buera 10. Libya's Islamists & the 17th February Revolution Anas El Gomati 11. The Uprising in Bahrain Kristian Coates Ulrichsen 12. The Arab Spring Comes to Syria Obaida Fares 13. Yemen's Arab Spring Elham Manea 13. Pro-Regime and Oppositional Media Obaida Fares 14. A Perpetual Process of 'Uncovering' Layla Saleh 15. Pro-Regime vs. Oppositional Media Obaida Fares Part 3: Egypt in the Arab Spring: Islam, the State and the Military 16. The Egyptian Revolution Shafeeq Ghabra 17. Making the Crisis Visible Irene Weipert-Fenner 18. The "Anguish" of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt Khalil al-Anani 19. Contemporary Islamist Discourses on the State in Egypt Mohammed Moussa 20. Failure of a Revolution Khaled Abou El-Fadl Part 4: Womens' Voices in the Arab Spring 21. Syria's 'Arab Spring' Tamara Al-Om 22. Tunisia's Women: Partners in Revolution Andrea Khalil Part 5: Arab Spring: Breakdown of the Old Social Compact 23. Breakdown of the Authoritarian 'Social Contract' and Emergence of New Social Actors Lahcen Achy 24. The Tunisian Revolution Hèla Yousfi 25. Revolutionary Contagion Gianluca Solera Part 6: Uprisings: Agency and Technology of Protest 26. A Public Sphere Revolution? Armando Salvatore 27. The Revolution Never Ends Mark Levine 28. Al-Jazeera & Televised Revolution Ezzeddine Abdelmoula 29. Graffiti Arts and the Arab Spring Charlotte Schriwer 30. Poetry and the Arab Spring Atef Alshaer 31. The Arab Spring Akeel Abbas 32. The Arab Spring Maria Blanco Palencia Part 7: The Arab Spring: the Wider Middle East 33. Evolution Not Revolution? Michael J. Willis 34. Algeria Youcef Bouandel 35. The Arab Spring & Democratization Hamid J A Alkifaey 36. Protest and Reform James Worrall 37. Palestine and the Wind of the Arab Revolution Tahani Mustafa 38. Turkey and the Arab Uprisings Derya Göçer Akder &Marc Herzog 39. Turkey Cengiz Gunay 40. Iran and the Arab Spring Shabnam Holliday 41. The Israel Tent Protests Alan Craig Part 8: The Arab Spring in a Global Context 42. Revolutions in North Africa Shamil Jeppie 43. The EU and Democracy Promotion Tobias Schumacher 44. The Nordic Countries and the Arab Spring Timo Behr 45. From Spain to Egypt Ivan Molina Allende & Sabine Hattinger 46. The Arab Spring and EU Democracy Promotion in Tunisia Rawtha Benothman 47. The Arab Spring through Russian 'Eyes' Karina Fayzullina 48. North America's Response to the Tunisian and Egyptian Uprisings Dalal Daoud 48. The Arab Spring Anwar Alam
Larbi Sadiki is Associate Professor in Arab Democratisation (International Affairs & Political Science),Qatar University.