North Africa’s Arab Spring
Edited by George Joffé
Routledge – 2013 – 232 pages
This book addresses issues surrounding the evolution of the Arab Spring in North Africa. After a general introduction and explanation of the events on a region-wide basis, it turns to examine aspects of each of the countries concerned. The role of the Muslim Brotherhood during the Nasser regime and in the contemporary situation is compared, together with an analysis of the emergence of new political parties in Egypt. The book analyses the links between social media and satellite television during the revolution in Egypt. This is followed by a study of the intellectual and cultural background to the Tunisian revolution and an analysis of the new political parties in Tunisia. It also looks at the revolution process in Libya and concludes with a study of why there was no revolution in Algeria and how the Moroccan monarchy was able to sideline those who challenged it at the price of constitutional changes that are essentially cosmetic.
This book was originally published as a special issue of The Journal of North African Studies.
1. Introduction 2. The Arab Spring in North Africa: origins and prospects 3. Brothers-in-arms? The Egyptian military, the Ikhwan and the revolutions of 1952 and 2011 4. Party proliferation and electoral transition in post-Mubarak Egypt 5. From spectacle to spectacular: How physical space, social media and mainstream broadcast amplified the public sphere in Egypt’s ‘Revolution’ 6. Libya’s Revolution 7. A revolution for dignity and freedom: preliminary observations on the social and cultural background to the Tunisian revolution 8. Challenges to legitimate governance in post-revolution Tunisia 9. Algeria: democracy denied, and revived? 10. Constitutional reforms in Morocco: between consensus and subaltern politics 11. Conclusion
George Joffé lectures at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge, and is Visiting Professor of Geography at Kings College, London University. He specialises in the Middle East and North Africa and is currently engaged in a project studying migrant communities in Europe.