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The Second Arab Awakening: And the Battle for Pluralism

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A knowledgeable insider provides the first clear view of what has happened in the Arab world and why

This important book is not about immediate events or policies or responses to the Arab Spring. Instead, it takes a long, judicious view of political change in the Arab world, beginning with the first Awakening in the nineteenth century and extending into future decades when
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Sherif MohyEldeen
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Marwarn Muasher is one of the few local experts in our region, who could understand what our generations struggled with in the Arab Spring and put it in a very thoughtful way in this book. I am glad that I had the chance of knowing him and reading his book.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The Evolution of Jordan's Peripheral Man in the Middle

Having just finished Muasher's previous book it was interesting to see much how his ideas had evolved in just two weeks. ;-) Muasher, who's progressive ideas for political enfranchisement and reform were rejected by Jordan's entrenched interests, is now a political outsider in Jordan, having retreated to the Carnegie Endowment Foundation in Washington DC to develop his ideas, though I have it on good authority that he intends to return and cr
Jul 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Nothing new here. This book is intended for a largely uninformed Western audience. The author considers the Arab spring as a second wave of a pan Arab Awakening that first occurred in the 1950's.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Muasher's book was the only book I read after the Arab uprisings that actually made me feel optimistic about the region's future. I highly recommend it. Not only does he do a great job in analyzing the roots of destabilization in the region, whether it's authoritarianism or lack of economic visions and plans, but he also prescribes something of a roadmap of where reforms need to take place. Time alone won't fix things. His observations about the need to develop educational systems that help ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pluralism can best be defined as the fundamental commitment to political diversity at all times. It means that no party has a monopoly on the truth and no party can impose its views on the rest of society.

Does that sound like a fair statement about the Middle East or north Africa? No. Marwan Muasher and I would agree with you. Not even Israel, which pretends to be a democracy can claim pluralism because it fails to treat its Arab citizens equally, let alone treat the Palestinians fairly. Muashe
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book has a different approach from the current gloomy analysis of the Arab spring literature. The author does not delve immediately into the analysis of the Arab Spring, and the outcomes. Instead, he takes a long, informative analysis of the causes of the uprisings, tracing them back to the First Awakening in the nineteenth century. He then discusses the forces and challenges that threaten the success of the second Arab Awakening which erupted in 2011. He devotes his book entirely for the i ...more
Sherouk El Sheshai
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am rarely that impressed with analyses of the of Arabism and the progression of its revolutionary body. Magnificently well written and highly elaborative account of the idea of Arab revolutions, their functionality and how they affected Arab populations. Muasher does justice to every single actor he analysis, from administration to opposition, socialists to islamists, kings to presidents, everyone who played a role in how the region came to look like nowadays is mentioned in sufficient details ...more
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a great read that offers a nuanced view on politics in the Middle East, a condensed history of current and past Arab uprisings, and an informative survey of the causes and outcomes of the Arab Spring. Muasher makes a strong case for pluralism in Arab societies as an absolute requirement for building successful democracies that guarantee the rights of both secular and Islamist groups.
Amr Magdi
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Poorly challenging .. a bit informing but never based on in-depth field work or comprehensive theory-approach.. It's more like essays collected in a book. ...more
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Marwan Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East. Muasher served as foreign minister (2002–2004) and deputy prime minister (2004–2005) of Jordan, and his career has spanned the areas of diplomacy, development, civil society, and communications.

Muasher began his career as a journalist for the Jordan Times. He then serve

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