Anonymous, 5 Jul 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: Libya

Book: Online Arab Spring: Social Media and Fundamental Change

The book asks why the penetration rate for social media differs in different countries: are psychological and social factors at play? Each chapter considers national identity, the legitimacy crisis, social capital, information and media literacy, and socialization. Religious attitudes are introduced as a key factor in social media, with Arabic countries in the Middle East and North Africa being characterized by Islamic trends. The insight gained will be helpful for analysing online social media effects internationally, and predicting future movements in a social context.

Book: Gender, Women and the Arab Spring

This book provides a unique investigation into the gender dynamics of the Arab Spring as it unfolded in North Africa. It covers issues such as gender legislation in the post-revolution period, sexual harassment, gender activism, politics and the female body, women and Islamist movements, state feminism, women and political economy, and women’s rights in the context of political transitions. Chapters on Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Egypt are written by specialist and activists from those countries.

New Book: Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring: Rethinking Democratization

The book 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.

Book: The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East

The author illuminates the role of today’s Arab youth—who they are, what they want, and how they will affect world politics. He outlines the history that led to the dramatic changes in the region, and explores how a new generation of men and women are using innovative notions of personal rights to challenge the authoritarianism, corruption, and stagnation that had afflicted their societies.

New Book: Social Media and the Politics of Reportage: The 'Arab Spring'

The book explores the role of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs, within the field of global journalism with a focus on the recent protests during the 'Arab Spring'. The book is timely as it deals with the transforming media landscape during crisis reporting as a result of the rise of social media news coverage and usage. Specifically, this book focuses on the journalistic challenges, issues and opportunities that have arisen as a result of social media increasingly being used as a form of crisis reporting.

Book: Taking to the Streets: The Transformation of Arab Activism

The book critically examines the conventional wisdom that the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings happened spontaneously and were directed by tech-savvy young revolutionaries. Pairing first-hand observations from activists with the critical perspectives of scholars, the book illuminates the concept of activism as an ongoing process, rather than a sudden burst of defiance. The contributors examine case studies from uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain, Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, evaluating the various manifestations of political activism within the context of each country's distinct sociopolitical landscape. The chapters include a country-specific timeline of the first year following the uprisings and conclude with lessons learned.

Book: Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia: Social Protest and Authoritarian Rule After the Arab Spring

The book explores the global impact of the protests across the Middle East and North Africa in late 2010 and 2011, both in terms of their ideological influence on opposition groups and the prospects for democratic transition in a variety of authoritarian and semi-authoritarian governments. Examining states at the heart of the uprisings, such as Egypt, Tunisia and Libya in addition to other Middle Easter states, like Iran, as well the Asian states of China, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, this book concentrates upon 'democratization' as the central theme.
 
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New Book: Democratic Uprisings in the New Middle East: Youth, Technology, Human Rights, and US Foreign Policy

The book focuses on issues dealing with the political economy of revolt, youth, and cyberspace, and the rising significance of human rights and moral ideals for the younger generation. It analyzes regional tensions in Libya, Bahrain, and Syria and their consequences for US foreign policy in the MENA region. It covers the rise of Iran’s “Green Movement,” the “April 6 Movement” in Egypt, and the increasing significance of the role of women in the Arab Spring.

Book: Writing Revolution: The Voices from Tunis to Damascus

This book is a collection of testimony, entirely composed by participants in, and witnesses to, the profound changes shaking their region. Unique amongst material emanating from and about the convulsions in the Arab Middle East, these creative and original writers speak of history, determination and struggle, as well as of political and poetic engagement with questions of identity and activism. This book gives a moving and inspiring insight into the Arab revolutions and uprisings: why they are happening and what might come next.
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