Islam and the Arab Awakening

Islam and the Arab Awakening

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by Tariq Ramadan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199933731

ISBN-13: 9780199933730

Pub. Date: 10/01/2012

Publisher: Oxford University Press

One of the most important developments in the modern history of the Middle East, the so-called Arab Spring began in Tunisia in December 2010, bringing down dictators, sparking a civil war in Libya, and igniting a bloody uprising in Syria. Its long-term repercussions in Egypt and elsewhere remain unclear. Now one of the world's leading Islamic thinkers examines and

Overview

One of the most important developments in the modern history of the Middle East, the so-called Arab Spring began in Tunisia in December 2010, bringing down dictators, sparking a civil war in Libya, and igniting a bloody uprising in Syria. Its long-term repercussions in Egypt and elsewhere remain unclear. Now one of the world's leading Islamic thinkers examines and explains it, in this searching, provocative, and necessary book.

Time Magazine named Tariq Ramadan one of the most important innovators of the twenty-first century. A Muslim intellectual and prolific author, he has won global renown for his reflections on Islam and the contemporary challenges in both the Muslim majority societies and the West. In Islam and the Arab Awakening, he explores the uprisings, offering rare insight into their origin, significance, and possible futures. As early as 2003, he writes, there had been talk of democratization in the Middle East and North Africa. The U.S. government and private organizations set up networks and provided training for young leaders, especially in the use of the Internet and social media, and the West abandoned its unconditional support of authoritarian governments. But the West did not create the uprisings. Indeed, one lesson Ramadan presents is that these mass movements and their consequences cannot be totally controlled. Something irreversible has taken place: dictators have been overthrown without weapons. But, he writes, democratic processes are only beginning to emerge, and unanswered questions remain. What role will religion play? How should Islamic principles and goals be rethought? Can a sterile, polarizing debate between Islamism and secularism be avoided?

Avoiding both naive confidence and conspiratorial paranoia, Ramadan voices a tentative optimism. If a true civil society can be established, he argues, this moment's fragile hope will live.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199933730
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
704,042
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part 1: The Thick of Things
1. A matter of terminology: revolution/uprising/spring?
2. Predictable, unpredictable?
3. Not Islamist, but Islamic
4. When the other ceases to be the other

Part 2: Cautiously optimistic
1. Understanding: conspiracy or liberation
2. Differentiated Treatments
3. The role of the media
4. Bin Laden's death
5. On the West, Politics and Economy
6. The Challenges of the Arab World

Part 3: Islam, Secularization and Islamism
1. Islam and Islamism
2. Secularization
3. False debates, true debates
4. Two interacting crises a. Proponents of secularization and secularity b. Proponents of tradition, Conservatives and Islamism

Part 4: The Islamic reference
1. The End of political Islam?
2. Towards the''Civil State''
3. In the Name of Justice: Thinking out the alternative
4. Social and political issues
5. Economic issues
6. Culture

Conclusion
Appendix

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Islam and the Arab Awakening 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TonyHawkins More than 1 year ago
I think this was a very good book.It gives you an excelent report on the situation with the arab awaking. He writes very well and always keeps you interested, also clear and based on facts. I recommend this book to everyone who want to know more about this topic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As regards ideas, pretty good. As regards style, BADLY professorial & in need of strict editing. Could have been 1/3 shorter with no loss to reader. Wanted to see why he's well-regarded, & his ideas justify that.