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Ramadan, Tariq
Islam et le réveil arabe. English
Islam and the Arab awakening / Tariq Ramadan
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  DS63.1 .R3513 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Democratization -- Arab countries
Social movements -- Arab countries
Revolutions -- Arab countries
Islam -- 21st century
Physical Description 245 p. ; 25 cm
Summary 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 book. Time Magazine named the author 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 this book 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 presented here 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, the author voices a tentative optimism. If a true civil society can be established, he argues, this moment's fragile hope will live
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Made-to-order uprisings? -- Cautious optimism -- Islam, Islamism, secularization -- The Islamic reference
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