Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring
Fig. 1. Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring. Courtesy of Routledge, 2014.

Routledge published a new book titled "Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring: Rethinking Democratization" edited by Larbi Sadiki.

Publication Data

Sadiki, Larbi (Ed.). Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring: Rethinking Democratization. Routledge, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-415-52391-2.


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 are still unfurling today. The Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring seeks to provide a departure point for ongoing discussion of a fluid phenomenon on a plethora of topics, including:

- Contexts and contests of democratisation
- The sweep of the Arab Spring
- Egypt
- Women and the Arab Spring
- Agents of change and the technology of protest
- Impact of the Arab Spring in the wider Middle East and further afield

Collating a wide array of viewpoints, specialisms, biases, and degrees of proximity and distance from events that shook the Arab world to its core, the Handbook is written with the reader in mind, to provide students, practitioners, diplomats, policy-makers and lay readers with contextualization and knowledge, and to set the stage for further discussion of the Arab Spring.

Table of Contents

1. Unruliness Through Space and Time: Re-Constructing Peoplehood in the Arab Spring
Part 1: Introducing the Arab Spring: Reflections on Contexts and Contests of Democratization
2. On the 'Arab Spring by Laurence Whitehead 
3. Arab Politics After the Uprisings by Michael Hudson 
4. Toward a Historical Sociology of the Arab Uprising by Raymond Hinnebusch 
5. The Arab Spring by Mustapha Kamel Al-Sayyid 
Part 2: The 'Travel' of Revolution: from Tunis to Sanaa
6. The Seeds of Tunisia's Revolution by Amor Boubakri 
7. The Roots of the Tunisian Revolution by Sami Zemni
8. Tunisian Revolution and the International-Domestic Nexus by Corinna Mullin 
9. Libya's Arab Spring by Anas A. Buera 
10. Libya's Islamists & the 17th February Revolution by Anas El Gomati 
11. The Uprising in Bahrain by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen 
12. The Arab Spring Comes to Syria by Obaida Fares 
13. Yemen's Arab Spring by Elham Manea 
13. Pro-Regime and Oppositional Media by Obaida Fares 
14. A Perpetual Process of 'Uncovering' by Layla Saleh 
15. Pro-Regime vs. Oppositional Media by Obaida Fares 
Part 3: Egypt in the Arab Spring: Islam, the State and the Military
16. The Egyptian Revolution by Shafeeq Ghabra 
17. Making the Crisis Visible by Irene Weipert-Fenner 
18. The "Anguish" of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt by Khalil al-Anani 
19. Contemporary Islamist Discourses on the State in Egypt by Mohammed Moussa 
20. Failure of a Revolution by Khaled Abou El-Fadl 
Part 4: Womens' Voices in the Arab Spring
21. Syria's 'Arab Spring' by Tamara Al-Om 
22. Tunisian Women by Andrea Khalil 
Part 5: Arab Spring: Breakdown of the Old Social Compact
23. Breakdown of the Authoritarian 'Social Contract' and Emergence of New Social Actors by Lahcen Achy
24. The Tunisian Revolution by Hèla Yousfi 
25. Revolutionary Contagion by Gianluca Solera 
Part 6: Uprisings: Agency and Technology of Protest
26. A Public Sphere Revolution? by Armando Salvatore 
27. The Revolution Never Ends by Mark Levine 
28. Al-Jazeera & Televised Revolution by Ezzeddine Abdelmoula 
29. Graffiti Arts and the Arab Spring by Charlotte Schriwer 
30. Poetry and the Arab Spring by Atef Alshaer 
31. The Arab Spring by Akeel Abbas 
32. The Arab Spring by Maria Blanco Palencia 
Part 7: The Arab Spring: the Wider Middle East
33. Evolution Not Revolution? by Michael J. Willis 
34. Algeria by Youcef Bouandel 
35. The Arab Spring & Democratization by Hamid J A Alkifaey
36. Protest and Reform by James Worrall 
37. Palestine and the Wind of the Arab Revolution by Tahani Mustafa 
38. Turkey and the Arab Uprisings by Derya Göçer Akder & Marc Herzog 
39. Turkey Cengiz Gunay 40. Iran and the Arab Spring by Shabnam Holliday 
41. The Israel Tent Protests by Alan Craig 
Part 8: The Arab Spring in a Global Context
42. Revolutions in North Africa by Shamil Jeppie 
43. The EU and Democracy Promotion by Tobias Schumacher 
44. The Nordic Countries and the Arab Spring by Timo Behr 
45. From Spain to Egypt by Ivan Molina Allende & Sabine Hattinger 
46. The Arab Spring and EU Democracy Promotion in Tunisia by Rawtha Benothman 
47. The Arab Spring through Russian 'Eyes' by Karina Fayzullina 
48. North America's Response to the Tunisian and Egyptian Uprisings by Dalal Daoud 
48. The Arab Spring by Anwar Alam

About the Author

Larbi Sadiki is Associate Professor in Arab Democratisation (International Affairs & Political Science), Qatar University.

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