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Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World Hardcover – July 19, 2011
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Praise for Rock the Casbah
“[Wright] provides invaluable context for what she rightly terms ‘the epic convulsion across the Islamic world’ by listening to voices we don't usually hear....Anyone seeking deeper understanding of the Arab Spring needs to read Wright's formidably well-informed book ….Wright's richly textured portrait of ancient cultures in the throes of wrenching but liberating transformation makes it quite clear that Muslims themselves will decide their future.”
— Los Angeles Times
“…Wright is an expert on the subject and this book is an accessible and riveting account for readers looking to learn more about the post-9/11 Islamic world.”
“…Wright is one of the most capable observers of the Middle East….her chronicles of counter-jihad, anti-militancy, and women's mobilization are a timely contribution.”
Praise for Robin Wright’s
Dreams and Shadows
“Wright has long been one of the best-informed American journalists covering the Middle East, and her reputation is born out here. . . . Her book will be essential reading for anybody who wants to know where it is heading.”
--The New York Times Book Review
“Only Wright could have written Dreams and Shadows because only Wright has traveled so widely, interviewed such diverse leaders, and brought so much wisdom to analyzing the region’s many-sided puzzles. This volume, full of mesmerizing detail and large truths, sets a new standard for scholarship on the modern Middle East.”
--Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State
“If there is such a thing as a pinnacle in the landscape of international journalism, Robin Wright surely stands atop it.”
--The New York Review of Books
“Robin Wright is well aware of the complexities, paradoxes and the seemingly insurmountable dilemmas facing the Middle East today. She reminds us that in facing these challenges we need not resort to military force and violence or resign ourselves to compromise with extremism and tyranny.”
-- Azar Nafisi, author Reading Lolita in Tehran
“The best of all possible worlds: An old hand guides us through the changes in the post-9/11 Middle East, and is able to sort out in a sober, smart way what is really going on.”
--Thomas Ricks, author Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq
About the Author
Robin Wright has reported from 140 countries for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Time, The Atlantic, The Sunday Times, and others. She has been a fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Yale, Duke, and Stanford. She is the author of seven books on international affairs. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
Robin Wright is a gem, a widely acclaimed author with a worldwide appeal as a professional journalist. She visited over 20 countries in the region and interviewed key clerics and other notables. Her writing style made for interesting reading. She explains her idea of a "soft revolution" where "Hip-Hop" music, and other protest models, as new challenges, are used by young people to rant against the regimes of oppression and treachery. These ideas have not been revealed before as a tactic of dissent. Accordingly, change is slowly coming to the Middle East by way of the transplanted American genre of "rap".
This is an excellent book, filled with stories from native folks about their culture and how they are coping with the demands of their leaders, living in a "bubble" often without "free will".
Bruce E. McLeod, Jr.
Las Vegas, Nevada
6 September 2015
This "counter-jihad" is a pervasive and powerful reaction against the authoritarian regimes that have dominated the Middle East for the last 50 years. It takes a variety of expression from straight-out political protest, to poetry, to music, to plays, to feminism, etc. But it has one common theme, namely, liberation from the stranglehold with which these dictators have exercised complete control over their populations.
Wright believes that this "counter-jihad," the leadership of which is youthful, is so powerful that it is destined to totally and completely "Rock the Casbah," i.e., it will overcome the prevailing dictatorships in most if not all of the 21 Arab and 70 Middle Eastern countries about which she writes.
Wright is , as they say, "cautiously optimistic" about this movement. She thinks that it is destined to prevail, By that she means that the "old order" will not survive, but as to what will replace it she is agnostic. No one, she argues, has a crystal ball as to what the ultimate fate of these countries will be.
She does point out, however, that this movement is definitively not "pro western." It is an authentic intra-middle eastern revolution, based on the totalitarian experences that these several hundred million people have experienced for the last several generations.
Excellent book. Still timely
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Robin Wright's solid background makes this an essential read