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The Arab Spring - Related Books and Journals

The Arab Spring is a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests that have been occurring in the Arab world since Saturday 18th December 2010. Revolutions have taken place in Tunisia and Egypt and the civil war in Libya resulted in the fall of the country's government last year. There have been civil uprisings in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen and protests on varying levels in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and in other Middle Eastern countries. 

We have selected a number of books relevant to the Arab Spring, including titles from the topical Contemporary Middle East Series.

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Since late 2010 much of the world’s attention has been focused on events as they have developed across the Arab world – a wave of demonstrations, protests and revolutions that in its earliest phase came to be known as the Arab Spring.

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  1. Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring

    Rethinking Democratization

    Edited by Larbi Sadiki

    The self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi in Tunisia in December 2010 heralded the arrival of the ‘Arab Spring,’ a startling, yet not unprecedented, era of profound social and political upheaval. The meme of the Arab Spring is characterised by bottom-up change, or the lack thereof, and its effects...

    To Be Published January 1st 2015 by Routledge

  2. North Africa’s Arab Spring

    Edited by George Joffé

    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...

    Published July 31st 2014 by Routledge

  3. Lebanon

    The Politics of a Penetrated Society

    By Tom Najem

    Series: The Contemporary Middle East

    In a time of great political change and unrest in the Middle East, this highly topical text offers a succinct account of the contemporary political environment in Lebanon. Tom Najem provides both a developed understanding of the pre-civil war system and an analysis of how circumstances resulting...

    Published December 19th 2011 by Routledge

  4. Libya

    Continuity and Change

    By Ronald Bruce St John

    Series: The Contemporary Middle East

    This book examines the socioeconomic and political development of Libya from earliest times to the present, concentrating in particular on the four decades of revolutionary rule which began in 1969. Focusing on the twin themes of continuity and change, Ronald Bruce St John emphasises the full...

    Published February 24th 2011 by Routledge

  5. Tunisia

    Stability and Reform in the Modern Maghreb

    By Christopher Alexander

    Series: The Contemporary Middle East

    This book gives a concise yet comprehensive overview of Tunisia’s political and economic development from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Written specifically for a non-specialist audience, the book examines the factors that make Tunisia one of the Arab world’s most stable and prosperous...

    Published February 24th 2010 by Routledge

  6. Jordan

    A Hashemite Legacy, 2nd Edition

    By Beverley Milton-Edwards, Peter Hinchcliffe

    Series: The Contemporary Middle East

    Created as a mechanism for maintaining British influence through a local patron, Jordan’s future never looked certain. Nevertheless, under the leadership of the Hashemite monarchy led by Abdullah and then his grandson Hussein, the Kingdom of Jordan became a permanent feature on the map of the...

    Published June 2nd 2009 by Routledge

  7. Morocco

    Challenges to Tradition and Modernity

    By James N. Sater

    Series: The Contemporary Middle East

    For many contemporary observers and analysts, Morocco remains a mystery. So close to Europe, Morocco simultaneously represents a similarly open political culture and its complete antithesis: Human rights associations openly challenge authoritarian rule, while an emphasis on Moroccan singularity and...

    Published November 25th 2009 by Routledge

  8. Sudan

    By Abdel Salam Sidahmed, Alsir Sidahmed

    Series: The Contemporary Middle East

    Stretching between the savannah and the equator, Sudan is a microcosm of Africa, with one leg in the Arab world and the other in Africa. Sudan's development, however, has failed to address the differences within the country between its diverse ethnic communities. This has resulted in political...

    Published December 12th 2011 by Routledge

  9. Egypt's Culture Wars

    Politics and Practice

    By Samia Mehrez

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    This ground-breaking work presents original research on cultural politics and battles in Egypt at the turn of the twenty first century. It deconstructs the boundaries between ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture drawing on conceptual tools in cultural studies, translation studies and gender studies to analyze...

    Published March 14th 2011 by Routledge

  10. North Africa

    Politics, Region, and the Limits of Transformation

    Edited by Yahia H. Zoubir, Haizam Amirah-Fernández

    This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the contemporary Maghreb. Made up of contributions from leading academics in the field, it highlights specific issues of importance, including international and security affairs. With profiles of individual countries and regional issues, such as...

    Published January 13th 2008 by Routledge

  11. Chaos in Yemen

    Societal Collapse and the New Authoritarianism

    By Isa Blumi

    Series: Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

    Chaos in Yemen challenges recent interpretations of Yemen’s complex social, political and economic transformations since unification in 1990. By offering a new perspective to the violence afflicting the larger region, it explains why the ‘Abdullah ‘Ali Salih regime has become the principal...

    Published April 16th 2012 by Routledge

  12. The Struggle over Democracy in the Middle East

    Regional Politics and External Policies

    Edited by Nathan J. Brown, Emad Shahin

    Series: UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) series

    Many residents of the Middle East - and more recently, Western powers - have placed great hope in democratization in the region. Yet authoritarianism remains the norm and movement towards democracy is both slow and uneven. The Struggle over Democracy in the Middle East examines democracy and...

    Published October 16th 2009 by Routledge