- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199933731
- ISBN-13: 978-0199933730
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.9 x 6.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Tariq Ramadan is a Muslim Martin Luther."--Paul Donnelly, The Washington Post
"Tariq Ramadan, one of the foremost Muslim intellectuals...comes into his own as a historian and provoker of ideas. He notes how, in their Western representation, Muslim Arabs have shifted from the benighted, terrorist 'other' to the 'alter ego of the Western Universal."--The Independent
"Whether you agree with Ramadan's interpretation of events or vision for the future of the Muslim-majority nations, Islam and the Arab Awakening is a thoughtful and nuanced examination of the events others have termed the 'Arab Spring.' There is no question that Ramadan supports the rule of law, freedom of religion, and the right of self-determination for all peoples...If you are looking for a straightforward history, or want simple answers to complex problems, this book is not for you. But if you are trying to understand the issues facing the Muslim-majority nations today, Islam and the Arab Awakening is a good place to start."--CultureMob
"Ramadan has started to pave out the road to reform and changes in the understanding of Islam in Muslim communities in the West."--Le Monde Diplomatique
"Tariq Ramadan, a prominent intellectual-activist in Europe and America, represents a new generation of Islamic reformers."--John L. Esposito, author of Unholy War and What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam
About the Author
Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and is President of the European Muslim Network in Brussels. His books include What I Believe, Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation, In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad, Western Muslims and the Future of Islam, and Islam, the West, and the Challenges of Modernity.
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Ramadan points out the main motive of the Western powers isn't democracy, as shown in their support for repressive dictators and monarchs, but economic and military interests that require stability and access to oil and other resources. Western countries set up bases in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Morocco, Algeria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Emerging economic power China is more popular than the US in the region, so real democracy would be fearful for the West. Since its formation in 2008, the Africom (United States Africa Command) bases in Africa have expanded. However, a conspiracy of foreign powers didn't start the uprisings nor did the Islamist organizations. Young women and men led them in a new form of nonviolent opposition with new models of democracy that Western powers tried to instigate and manipulate for economic gain. Ramadan noted the "very instrumental presence of powerful multinational corporations at every stage of the process that climaxed in the mass uprisings." Although youth ousted dictators, they weren't able to develop a vision for "a genuine mode of political organization," which opened the door to assumption of power by well-organized military or Islamists (Ennahda in Tunisia and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Libya and Syria).
Although hard to effectively describe due to it being ongoing, the book highlights important issues.
When discussed in the context of at the time present events, there is a relevance to both the events and to the region's future.