Madmen at the Helm: Pathology and Politics in the Arab Spring

Madmen at the Helm: Pathology and Politics in the Arab Spring

by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780863724541
Publisher: Garnet Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Muriel Mirak-Weissbach is an Armenian-American who grew up in New England. She has been a political journalist specialising in economic, political and cultural development in the Arab and Islamic world for thirty years. She worked with an international press agency for many years and published hundreds of articles in various political and cultural journals. In late 2009 she published Through the Wall of Fire, Armenia-Iraq-Palestine: From Wrath to Reconciliation, (English edition to be published by Ithaca Press in 2012), a reflection on her family history and how that shaped her humanitarian and political wok in Iraq and Palestine.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations vii

Acknowledgements ix

Frontispiece xi

Introduction xiii

1 Narcissus on the throne 1

2 Muammar Qaddafi: king of kings 13

3 Hosni Mubarak: a modern Ramses 45

4 Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali: all in the family 65

5 Ali Abdullah Saleh: a Shakespearian tragic figure 85

6 Basilar al-Assad: the great pretender 99

7 Postscript: the American Narcissus 133

8 The good ruler 143

Bibliography 147

Index 153

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