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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780322232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780322230
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A refreshing, thoughtful and historical reading of the dramatic changes sweeping the Arab world." - Marwan Bishara, senior political analyst, Al Jazeera

"Dabashi provides a revolutionary, imaginative and open-ended reading of what will turn out to be a founding moment of the twenty-first century." - Fawwaz Traboulsi, author of A History of Modern Lebanon

"This illuminating and beautifully written book, by a brave intellectual and a brilliant scholar who knows the terrain like the back of his hand, traces the genealogy of this unique moment and offers a bird's eye view of the horizons it promises." - Sinan Antoon, poet and novelist

"The Arab Spring is enormously enlightening and original, a landmark work of a political and historical convulsion of immense proportion and significance. The book is so rich, careful and systematic in making its case that I expect it to define a new paradigm regarding the nature of revolution itself." - Alamin Mazrui, Rutgers University

"Embracing the poetic justice of the Arab Spring, Hamid Dabashi seizes upon and expresses the lyrical. He recounts philosophically an open-ended non-linear story, which is still in the making." - Elia Suleiman, filmmaker

"The depth and richness of Dabashi's perspective contrasts with the barrenness of the modernization paradigm dominant in the West's academy and media as much as in liberal, nationalist and socialist Arab accounts. It offers a fresh look at some deeper resources of Arab societies and cultures." - Haifa Zangana, writer and activist

About the Author

Hamid Dabashi is an Iranian-American Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York City. Hamid has been a columnist for the Egyptianal-Ahram Weekly for over a decade, and is now a regular columnist for Aljazeera, and he has had a regular column at CNN. He has travelled and lectured extensively in the Arab world, from Morocco to Egypt to Palestine to Syria.

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Samir Kassir on February 19, 2013
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I was looking forward to reading a good book on events in the Middle East in 2011 and 2012 and I was attracted to this book for two reasons: the first is obviously because of its title "Arab Spring", so you cannot go wrong if this is what you want to read about. The second is almost my blind trust in every book that comes out from Zed Books. However, I regret to say that I was very disappointed. The author delves into a very lengthy monologue about cultural analysis from every corner of the western canon which takes a fair deal of the pages of the book. If you take off all the material about Iran and its supposedly 2009 spring, the remainder is a thin account of the "Arab Spring". My disappointment did not end here. I was wondering all the time when reading the more relevant sections about the Arab context why would Zed Books publish such a book: the author generously helps himself every few pages to material from Al Jazeera website which it seems he strongly believes in its credibility. The same goes for material from CNN. Moreover, there is pretension to objectivity while the book sails safely around the roles played by Qatar and Saudi in the events and that fact that Al-Jazeera championed Islamist militants everywhere did not bother him. Worst still is his continued enthusiasm that what happened in Cairo and Tunis are signs of big things to happen in the world, comparing them to great events of history. His attack on the Arab Left and his glorification of Fawaz Traboulsi and Azmi Bechara as the greates Arab intellectuals alive betrays his biases and preferences. One will not find serious critqiue of the roles of the United States or the West or Turkey or Saudi, etc.Read more ›
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert V Mallouk on November 22, 2012
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This is a thorough and insightful analysis of the spirit sweeping the region to benefit its populations.
It does not presuppose the Arab people as monolithic but acredits them to express the desire steming from the collapse and stand against neo-colonialism.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Declan Hayes on August 11, 2013
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This, as other reviewers have shown is a pathetic attempt to justify the slaughter of minorities, moderates and secularists across the Middle East. Let's see what one of his fan club said: "This book of Hamid Dabashi is one of the best on the currents event in the Middle East and is very easy to read. I really like the way he tries to rely on the Arab Sring as a new political geography which has link with Occupy Wall Street, the Quebec Spring and other stuggle in the public space worldwide". Occupy Wall Street? Did they chop heads off New York minorities? Quebec? Do they gang rape teenagers there in the name of revolutionary springs? Do Quebec separatists eat the organs of their enemies? No? Well don't compare them to those who have invaded Syria at the behest of Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Although many of the author's thoughts on Israel and America's terror campaign against Iran are well-reasoned, he is too entwined in his own theoretical wonderlands to have any worthwhile views on the ongoing massacre of Arabs by GCC funded psychotics.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rondeau on October 3, 2012
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This book of Hamid Dabashi is one of the best on the currents event in the Middle East and is very easy to read.
I really like the way he tries to rely on the Arab Sring as a new political geography which has link with Occupy Wall Street, the Quebec Spring and other stuggle in the public space worldwide.
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