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Middle East Today

Contentious Politics in the Middle East

Popular Resistance and Marginalized Activism beyond the Arab Uprisings

Editors: Gerges, Fawaz A. (Ed.)

  • Includes the analysis of a number of neglected or even completely unexplored subjects such as the role of the Amazigh population during the Arab Spring, a sociological analysis of the Ultras in Egypt during popular uprisings, and the formation and institutionalization of anarchical movements in Egypt
  • Chapters engage directly with events and phenomena that are of great relevance in contemporary political processes of interest to the general public, not just to a specialized audience
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While the Arab people took center stage in the Arab Spring protests, academic studies have focused more on structural factors to understand the limitations of these popular uprisings. This book analyzes the role and complexities of popular agency in the Arab Spring through the framework of contentious politics and social movement theory.

About the authors

Jan Wilkens, University of Hamburg, Germany Mishana Hosseinioun, University of Oxford, UK Anastasia Nosova, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK Aula Hariri, Queen Mary University of London, UK Jasmine Gani, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK Inez von Weitershausen, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK Eugenio Lilli, King's College London, UK David Zarnett, University of Toronto , Canada Suzanne Morrison, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK Magdalena C. Delgado, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK O?uzhan Göksel, Istanbul 29 Mayis University, Turkey Suzan Gibril, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium Cleo Jay, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK Laura Galián, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain Ay?e Dursun, University of Vienna, Austria Kim Jezabel Zinngrebe, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK Birce Alt?ok-Kar??yaka, Koç University, Turkey Kerem Y?ld?r?m, Koç University, Turkey Pascal Debruyne, Ghent University, Belgium Christopher Parker, Ghent University, Belgium Ala?a Tartir, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK Hadi Makarem, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK Harry Pettit, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

Reviews

'The collection is impressive for the sheer breadth and diversity of its coverage, and also for the depth of empirical research and analysis which characterize many of the essays. The essays in the volume will be of real interest to a wide range of readers, given the on going political upheaval in the Middle East.' John Sidel, Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

'This book is a refreshing antidote to the naïve celebrations of the 'Arab spring', to be replaced by the cynicism generated by its reversals, in favour of original studies of the diversity of political action and agency in specific locations and contexts, enriched by historical and comparative perspectives, and theoretical literacy.' Sami Zubaida, Professor Emeritus of Politics and Sociology, University of London, UK

'From football fans in Egypt to foreign fighters in Syria, from Copts in Egypt, Amazigh in North Africa and Kurds in Turkey, this book explores how social identities coalesce and movements emerge and evolve in circumstances of uncertainty and contestation. A valuable volume, it brings the fresh and inventive approaches and equally provocative insights of a new generation of scholars to some of the most vexed and challenging questions in the Middle East today.' Lisa Anderson, President of the American University in Cairo, Egypt

'The subjects featured in this book build on what we already know but also fill in many of the gaps in our current understanding of what is really happening in the region. Particularly impressive is how this collection anticipates the next areas of change. For example, Kuwait, Jordan, and Lebanon face enormous challenges, yet are often overlooked in current studies and in the media because those challenges have not yet erupted. The Middle East is changing so much and so fast that, at times, it can be difficult to keep up. With an editor of Fawaz Gerges's standing, you know you can trust the quality of the scholarship in this book.' ME McMillan, author of From the First World War to the Arab Spring: What's Really Going On in the Middle East?


Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Introduction: Contextualizing the Arab Spring Uprisings: Different Regimes, Different Revolutions, and Different Trajectories

    Gerges, Fawaz A.

    Pages 1-21

  • Contention and Constitutionalization in the Global Realm: Assessing the Uprisings in West Asia and North Africa and Their Impact On International Politics

    Wilkens, Jan

    Pages 25-50

  • Reconceptualizing Resistance and Reform in the Middle East

    Hosseinioun, Mishana

    Pages 51-73

  • Kuwaiti Arab Spring? the Role of Transnational Factors in Kuwait’s Contentious Politics

    Nosova, Anastasia

    Pages 75-95

  • The Iraqi Independence Movement: a Case of Transgressive Contention (1918–1920)

    Hariri, Aula

    Pages 97-124

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contentious Politics in the Middle East
Book Subtitle
Popular Resistance and Marginalized Activism beyond the Arab Uprisings
Editors
  • Fawaz A. Gerges
Series Title
Middle East Today
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53086-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137530868
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53721-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-53720-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 566
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