- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 081669012X
- ISBN-13: 978-0816690121
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2 x 8.5 inches
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About the Author
Paul Amar is associate professor in the Global and International Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in comparative politics, international security studies, political sociology, global ethnography, theories of the state, and theories of gender, race, and postcolonial politics. He focuses on democratic transitions in the Middle East and Latin America, and traces the origins and intersections of new patterns of police militarization, security governance, humanitarian intervention, and state restructuring in the megacities of the Global South. He has been interviewed regularly on radio and television and has contributed to Jadaliyya e-zine, Al Jazeera Online, Courrier International, Cairo Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and a dozen other international news publications in seven languages. His books include The Security Archipelago: Human-Security States, Sexuality Politics, and the End of Neoliberalism; Cairo Cosmopolitan: Politics, Culture, and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East (edited with Diane Singerman); New Racial Missions of Policing: International Perspectives on Evolving Law-Enforcement Politics; Global South to the Rescue: Emerging Humanitarian Superpowers and Globalizing Rescue Industries; and The Middle East and Brazil.
Vijay Prashad is Edward Said Chair at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. His books include Arab Spring, Libyan Winter; The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World; and The Karma of Brown Folk (Minnesota, 2000).
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- The first reason, in my opinion, is to be found in the book’s sub-title “Understanding the New Middle East”, while they should call it “Understanding the MENA”. It might not change much in the content but sounds like a bold mistake; Israel’s revolts as part of the Middle East is excluded, putting aside the fact that part of the population in Israel are Arabs.
- The second reason is the accuracy of the historical events and timelines, from the time that revolts began back to the historical overview of the countries like Bahrain. For example, I believe that the Arab Spring and specially using social media was, to some extent, inspired by Iranian Revolt in Jun 2009, as part of the Middle East, or they could allocate a chapter to Turkish revolts, again as part of the Middle East.
- And last but not least is that the detail of each chapter about movements vary. Does the author evaluate the significance of the movement in each country, or there are other indicators to evaluate? What is their definition of democracy in the region? How can the reader know if the movements resulted in democracy? What kind of democracy and in comparison to what circumstances?
The book is easy to read and in nice layout.
the early revolts. Covers all of the countries involved,
not just those where the uprisings succeeded.
Yup, political "analysis" as cynical morality play, casting the Evil Empire (the West) against the beleaguered victims of colonization. If you're a true believer, you will enjoy singing along. This book does contain a lot of interesting "information" about what's going on in the Middle East. But it's hard to separate the wheat of information from the chaff of polemic.
Each chapter, from Tunisia through the Sudan, discusses not only what occurred during the eventful year of 2011 but also what political, martial and cultural events led up to and followed it. I found much new here in most chapters and also much to help explain the continuing developments I see and hear on the news (often on line or the BBC more than US networks).
The chapters on Libya and Syria were probably the most enlightening for me personally, providing insights into the turmoil in each country through deeper detail of historical and current activity. I would then list the chapters on Egypt and Tunisia as the most informative but definitely learned from every section of this book.
I found the writing quality to vary from chapter to chapter, though most were excellent. A very few writers' biases were perhaps too close to the surface while others erudition seemed a bit heavy when perhaps some more accessible terms might have been used. There were occasional segments that seemed overwritten with too much jargon.
But I must repeat, leaving these criticisms aside, the background provided on most of the countries included in this book was highly informative and does make me hopeful for at least some of the "Arab Spring" countries in the future.
Recommended for those who would like to be better informed about what has been happening during that time called the "Arab Spring" as well as the background for it.
An advance copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley for the purpose of review.