Readings and Viewings

Here are some suggested readings and viewings to explore as background on the Arab Spring. 


A Thousand Farewells: A Reporter's Journey From Refugee Camp to the Arab Spring, Nahlah Ayed

The Arab Spring: The End of Post Colonialism, Hamid Dabashi

A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East, David Fromkim

Orientalism, Edward Said

The Modern Middle East, Ilan Pappe

House of Stone, Anthony Shadid

Neopatriarchy: A Theory of Distorted Change in Arab Society,  Hisham Sharabi

One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse, Ali Abunimah



The Guardian: Arab writers thoughts on revolutions in the Arab world

Words Without Borders, Literature/ Interviews/ Poetry from the countries of the uprisings:

The Arab Spring Part 1
The Arab Spring Part 2

Al Jazeera - Inside Syria - Syria, Abandoning the Sinking Ship - A Discussion on the latest defection of Manas Tiaf


TED Talks

Dalia Mogahed: The attitudes that sparked Arab Spring

Dalia Mogahed is the director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies


Wadah Khanfar: A historic moment in the Arab world | Video on

Wadah Khanfar was the former Director General of Al Jazeera, 2003-2011



Publications by Mohammad Fadel:

Ashraf Khalil - Foreign Affairs - The Fading of Tahrir Square: How Egypts Revolution Grew Exhausted

Al Jazeera - Inside Syria - Syria, Abandoning the Sinking Ship - A Discussion on the latest defection of Manas Tiaf

Robert Fisk - The Independent: Various articles by Robert Fisk

Akiva Eldar - The National Interest - July/August 2012 Issue: Israel's New Politics and the Fate of Palestine 

Ali Abunimah- Gaza, Goldstone, and the Movement for Israeli Accountability, - in Horowitz, A., Ratner, L., Weiss, P. (eds), The Goldstone Report, The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict, Ali, Abunimah,  New York: Nation Books, 2011).

Ali Abunimah“A Curious Case of Exceptionalism: Non-partitionist Approaches to Ethnic Conflict Regulation and the Question of Palestine,”  Ali Abinimah,Ethnopolitics, Volume 10, Issue 3-4, 2011, pp. 431-444.


Readings from: The Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP)

Libya's Restive Revolutionaries by Nicolas Pelham


Culture, State and Revolution

by Sonali Pahwa , Jessica Winegar


Revolution in Socotra

A Perspective from Yemen's Periphery

by Nathalie Peutz


The Online Library


April 2012. Volume 62, Issue 2 

Framing the Egyptian Uprising in Arabic Language Newspapers and Social Media (pages 195-211)

Naila Hamdy and Ehab H. Gomaa

Article first published online: 16 MAR 2012 | DOI:10.1111/j.1460-2466.2012.01637.x


Clicks, Cabs, and Coffee Houses: Social Media and Oppositional Movements in Egypt, 2004-2011 (pages 231-248)

Merlyna Lim

Article first published online: 23 FEB 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2012.01628.x


Affective News and Networked Publics: The Rhythms of News Storytelling on #Egypt (pages 266-282)

Zizi Papacharissi and Maria de Fatima Oliveira

Article first published online: 23 FEB 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2012.01630.x


Social Media and the Decision to Participate in Political Protest: Observations From Tahrir Square (pages 363-379)

Zeynep Tufekci and Christopher Wilson

Article first published online: 6 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2012.01629.x



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