Tag: Tahrir Square

Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

[ 0 ] January 25, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 25, 2016: A frequently met-with Western political and often journalistic narrative of the 2011 youth revolts in the Arab world is that idealistic young people came out into the streets and managed to overthrow four dictators, but then the essential Arab nature (violent, fanatical, tribal and sectarian) […]

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Bearing Witness, #IranElection (part 2): Phil Bennett & Negar Mottahedeh on the Lessons of “Rosewater”

Bearing Witness, #IranElection (part 2): Phil Bennett & Negar Mottahedeh on the Lessons of “Rosewater”

[ 0 ] April 10, 2015 |

Scholars discuss the power and limits of bearing witness — as traditional or citizen journalists — and the government’s use of social media as a tool of control and repression. by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 10, 2015: *updated on April 13, with new information on the Rezaian case Last month Duke University […]

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Return of the Public Square: Failure or Not, the Arab Spring ‘Made People More Politically Active & Aware’

Return of the Public Square: Failure or Not, the Arab Spring ‘Made People More Politically Active & Aware’

[ 0 ] April 1, 2015 |

“One of the most important outcomes of these movements has been the return of politics to the public sphere and the return of the square as the place for it” — Nezar AlSayyad, professor of architecture, planning, urban design and urban history at the University of California at Berkeley  by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on […]

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Zeynep Tufekci: Social Movements and Governments in the Digital Age

Zeynep Tufekci: Social Movements and Governments in the Digital Age

[ 0 ] December 18, 2014 |

Evaluating a Complex Landscape by ZEYNEP TUFEKCI for COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (Vol 68, No 1 Fall/Winter 2014) on DECEMBER 12, 2014:  SUMMARY: Recently, social movements have shaken countries around the world. Most of these movements have thoroughly integrated digital connectivity into their toolkits, especially for organizing, gaining publicity, and effectively communicating. Governments, too, have been […]

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Book Q & A: If Their Elders Can’t Get the Job Done, Will The Youth? (Juan Cole Discusses “The New Arabs”)

Book Q & A: If Their Elders Can’t Get the Job Done, Will The Youth? (Juan Cole Discusses “The New Arabs”)

[ 0 ] August 4, 2014 |

“Many Palestinians see the Israelis as aggressive colonizers of Palestinian land and resources or as jailers; many Israelis see the Palestinians as irrational, violent and a ticking demographic time bomb that endangers a Jewish-majority state between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. One thing is sure: Palestinian and Israeli youth are the hope for a resolution […]

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An Iraqi Scholar-In-Exile Laments an Arab World “In the Age of Decay”

An Iraqi Scholar-In-Exile Laments an Arab World “In the Age of Decay”

[ 0 ] April 7, 2014 |

by ABDUL SATTAR JAWAD for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 7, 2014: For many observers, including scholars, the uprisings in the Arab world in 2011 — commonly referred to as the Arab Spring — came unexpectedly and soon entered the global vocabulary as a Middle Eastern movement for justice and equality. Major world media outlets championed the […]

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Why a One-Sided and Naïve Depiction of the Egyptian Revolution Should Get the Oscar

Why a One-Sided and Naïve Depiction of the Egyptian Revolution Should Get the Oscar

[ 0 ] February 27, 2014 |

*Update: This film did not ultimately win the Oscar, but do check it out. by ANNA C. LEVETT for ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 28, 2014:  In an early scene in Jehane Noujaim’s documentary The Square, Magdy Ashour, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, drinks tea with a secular woman in Tahrir Square. “If I could speak […]

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Sabrina Rubakovic on Underground Music in Cairo: ‘A Synthesized Revolution’

Sabrina Rubakovic on Underground Music in Cairo: ‘A Synthesized Revolution’

[ 0 ] February 12, 2014 |

by SABRINA RUBAKOVIC for ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 11, 2014: One cold Tuesday night this past December I found myself at a sleek and reasonably-popping subterranean nightclub. It was a side of Cairo I had not expected to see this trip around; and one I had not experienced on two previous visits to the city. Long-haired […]

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Mia Grondahl: The Egyptian Revolution, As Told Through Graffiti

Mia Grondahl: The Egyptian Revolution, As Told Through Graffiti

[ 0 ] September 19, 2013 |

by GEOFFREY MOCK for DUKE TODAY on SEPTEMBER 18, 2013:  DURHAM, NC – The dreams, hopes and anger of the Egyptian uprising after 2011 found their most direct and emotional expression through graffiti art, a Swedish journalist based in Cairo told a Duke audience Wednesday. Mia Grondahl, who has lived in the Middle East since 1996 and […]

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Timur Kuran Comments on his “Divergence” Theory as Applied to Current Events in Turkey and Egypt

Timur Kuran Comments on his “Divergence” Theory as Applied to Current Events in Turkey and Egypt

[ 0 ] August 1, 2013 |

by GIANCARLO BOSETTI  on ResetDOC (web magazine) on JULY 26, 2013:  To what extent does the Islamic past still affect the economies and institutions in North African and Middle Eastern countries? Timur Kuran, who has scientifically analysed the region’s past and present, says “a great deal. And one should be attentive to the fact that in […]

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