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Beyond the Arab Spring in North Africa

Edited by Daniel Křížek and Jan Záhořík - Contributions by Dina Abdelrahman; Maximilian Benner; Christian Donath; Ncube Gibson; Muhammad Atif Khan; Daniel Křížek; Alexander Maxwell; Ola Raddaoui; Veronika Sobotkova; Zbyněk Tarant and Jan Záhořík

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This book deals with the waves of revolutions in North Africa labelled as the Arab Spring. Each of the countries in the region was affected by the Arab Spring and has experienced specific processes and consequences. Due to the complexity of the phenomenon, any kind of comprehensive research and analyses need an interdisciplinary approach to deal with the Arab Spring from multiple perspectives. This volume brings together a group of scholars from various disciplines covering different aspects of the revolutionary changes in the North African countries.

Beyond the Arab Spring in North Africa collects diverse studies with an emphasis on specificity. Chapters deal with a wide range of topics that include both minor as well as major themes. These include the formation of youth movement in Egypt long before the Arab Spring and their subsequent participation in the revolution; analysis of Tunisian women’s participation in Arab Spring events; spatial disparities in Tunisia and their impact on the revolution with special focus on Sidi Bouzid as one of the socio-economically weakest areas; rights and social status of sexual minorities in Tunisia; polemics over the role of New Media as both revolutionary and contra-revolutionary tools; broader discussion over the prospects for multilateral cooperation and regional integration in the studied area; reflection of the Arab Spring in the Czech media; impact of the work of ‘Ali ‘Abd al-Raziq on the debates over political secularism in Islamic society; as well as a general debate over democratization in North Africa, or Arab states as such. Beyond the Arab Spring in North Africa will find its readers in all relevant social sciences dealing in various contexts with the contemporary North Africa.
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Lexington Books
Pages: 248Size: 6 1/4 x 9 3/8
978-1-4985-4723-9 • Hardback • January 2017 • $100.00 • (£70.00)
978-1-4985-4724-6 • eBook • January 2017 • $99.99 • (£70.00)
Daniel Křížek is lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at University of West Bohemia.

Jan Záhořík holds a PhD in African history from Charles University.
Chapter 1. Introduction, Daniel Křížek and Jan Záhořík

Chapter 2. From Revolution to Disillusion: The Story of Egyptian Youths within the Arab Spring,
Dina Abdelrahman


Chapter 3. Competing Perspectives on Women’s Rights Before and After the Arab Spring: The View from Tunisia,
Ola Raddaoui


Chapter 4. The Legacy of Sidi Bouzid: Overcoming Spatial Inequalities in Tunisia,
Maximilian Benner


Chapter 5. Winter Still for LGBT Individuals in the Maghreb After the Arab Spring?,
Ncube Gibson


Chapter 6. From Khaled Said to Moaz al-Kasasba: Critical Thoughts on the Role of New Media in the Arab Uprisings,
Zbyněk Tarant


Chapter 7. Regionalism in MENA in Arab Spring and Post Arab Spring Milieu: Problems and Prospects,
Muhammad Atif Khan


Chapter 8. North African Arab Spring in the Czech Dailies,
Veronika Sobotková


Chapter 9. ‘Ali ‘Abd al-Raziq and the Politics of Secularism: Breaking the Islamist-Liberal Impasse,
Christian Donath


Chapter 10. Demotic Legitimacy and Modernization: A Case for Optimism about Islamic Democracy,
Alexander Maxwell
Daniel Křížek and Jan Záhořík’s Beyond the Arab Spring in North Africa examines different angles of the Arab Spring and its consequences from historical, political, economic, and social viewpoints. It provides insights into the local, regional, and global aspects of the events, and brilliantly highlights the tensions between the different discourses, ideas, and ideologies that evolved in this revolutionary era. By including chapters that highlight the role of youth, women, the LGBTI community, and others in this revolution, this book offers an important and unique contribution to the shelf of books on the Arab Spring. This book is highly readable for both the academic and the more casual reader, and is a necessary read for anyone who wishes to broadly understand the complexity of recent years’ developments in North Africa.
Irit Back, Tel Aviv university


Is the wind of change in the Arab world really over? From different disciplinary perspectives, Beyond the Arab Spring in North Africa investigates from within the revolutionary path of the North African societies. Of particular worth is the interlinking narrative among individual and collective rights, religion and media, and youth and women. A remarkably accurate and readable analysis of the Arab Spring and its aftermath.
Antonio M. Morone, Pavia University


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