Islam and the Arab Awakening

Hardcover | September 12, 2012

byTariq Ramadan

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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, and has since surpassed anything imagined. It has brought down dictators, sparked a civil war in Libya, and ignited a bloody uprising in Syria; itsrepercussions in Egypt and elsewhere remain unclear. Now one of the world's leading Islamic thinkers examines and explains it, in a searching, provocative, and necessary book.Time magazine named Tariq Ramadan 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 Islam and theArab Awakening, he explores the uprisings - 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 youngleaders, 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 Ramadan draws is that these mass movements, and their future, 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, polarizingdebate between Islamism and secularism be avoided? Avoiding both naive optimism and conspiratorial paranoia, Ramadan voices tentative optimism. If a true civil society can be established, he argues, this moment's fragile hope will live.

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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, and has since surpassed anything imagined. It has brought down dictators, sparked a civil war in Libya, and ignited a bloody uprising in Syria; itsrepercussions in Egypt and elsewhere remain uncl...

Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and is President of the European Muslim Network in Brussels. His books include What I Believe, Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation, In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad, Western Muslims and the Future of Islam, and Islam, the We...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart 1: The Thick of Things1. A matter of terminology: revolution/uprising/spring?2. Predictable, unpredictable?3. Not Islamist, but Islamic4. When the other ceases to be the otherPart 2: Cautiously optimistic1. Understanding: conspiracy or liberation2. Differentiated Treatments3. The role of the media4. Bin Laden's death5. On the West, Politics and Economy6. The Challenges of the Arab WorldPart 3: Islam, Secularization and Islamism1. Islam and Islamism2. Secularization3. False debates, true debates4. Two interacting crisesa. Proponents of secularization and secularityb. Proponents of tradition, Conservatives and IslamismPart 4: The Islamic reference1. The End of political Islam?2. Towards the''Civil State''3. In the Name of Justice: Thinking out the alternative4. Social and political issues5. Economic issues6. CultureConclusionAppendix