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Middle Eastern Minorities and the Arab Spring


Identity and Community in the Twenty-First Century


Middle Eastern Minorities and the Arab Spring: Identity and Community in the Twenty-First Century examines eleven minority groups in the early years of the so-called Arab Spring. Wide-ranging in scope, minorities of diverse religious and ethno-linguistic backgrounds are included from North Africa, the Levant, and the Arabian Peninsula. Each has experienced the Arab Spring differently and uniquely depending upon their context. Of particular concern to the international team of scholars involved in this volume, is the interaction and reaction of minorities to the protest movements across the Arab World that called for greater democratic rights and end to respective autocratic regimes. While some minorities participated in the Arab Spring, others were wary of instability and the unintended effects of regime change – notably the rise of violent Islamism. The full effects of the Arab Spring will not be known for years to come, but for the minorities of the Middle East, the immediate future seems certainly tenuous at best.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0653-6
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Publication Date: Oct 24,2017
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 353
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0653-6
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Middle Eastern Minorities and the Arab Spring: Identity and Community in the Twenty-First Centuryexamines eleven minority groups in the early years of the so-called Arab Spring.  Wide-ranging in scope, minorities of diverse religious and ethno-linguistic backgrounds are included from North Africa, the Levant, and the Arabian Peninsula.  Each has experienced the Arab Spring differently and uniquely depending upon their context.  Of particular concern to the international team of scholars involved in this volume, is the interaction and reaction of minorities to the protest movements across the Arab World that called for greater democratic rights and end to respective autocratic regimes.  While some minorities participated in the Arab Spring, others were wary of instability and the unintended effects of regime change – notably the rise of violent Islamism.  The full effects of the Arab Spring will not be known for years to come, but for the minorities of the Middle East, the immediate future seems certainly tenuous at best.

Middle Eastern Minorities and the Arab Spring: Identity and Community in the Twenty-First Centuryexamines eleven minority groups in the early years of the so-called Arab Spring.  Wide-ranging in scope, minorities of diverse religious and ethno-linguistic backgrounds are included from North Africa, the Levant, and the Arabian Peninsula.  Each has experienced the Arab Spring differently and uniquely depending upon their context.  Of particular concern to the international team of scholars involved in this volume, is the interaction and reaction of minorities to the protest movements across the Arab World that called for greater democratic rights and end to respective autocratic regimes.  While some minorities participated in the Arab Spring, others were wary of instability and the unintended effects of regime change – notably the rise of violent Islamism.  The full effects of the Arab Spring will not be known for years to come, but for the minorities of the Middle East, the immediate future seems certainly tenuous at best.

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Contributor Biography

K. Parker

K. Scott Parker is a History Tutor (Distance Learning) for Royal Holloway, University of London.  He holds a BSc in History and Religion (College of William and Mary), an MSc in International Relations (Troy State University), an MA in the History of Christianity (Wheaton College), and a PhD in History (Royal Holloway, University of London) focused on the Middle East.  He has travelled and researched widely across the Middle East, and was formerly a Research Associate at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland University College.

Tony Nasrallah

Tony E. Nasrallah is an instructor of Civilization Studies at the American University of Beirut and an associate researcher at Notre Dame University (Lebanon). He has co-edited a book by Charles H. Malik on the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, and has published a number of academic articles. Nasrallah has a Master’s degree in History from the American University of Beirut, and is currently writing a Ph.D. dissertation at the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut.

Table of Contents (v)

Preface (vii)

Contributors (xi)

Map (xii)

Introduction (1)

PART I: ETHNIC AND LINGUISTIC MINORITIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE ARAB SPRING (15)

Chapter 1. Re-Considering Minorities’ Position in the Middle East: The Kurdish Case in Syria [Eva Savelsberg and Jordi Tejel] (17)

Chapter 2. The Amazigh in post-Revolution Libya: A Century
of Struggle [Todd M. Thompson and Youcef Bouandel] (45)

Chapter 3. The Armenian Christian Minority in Greater Syria
and the Arab Spring [Darina Saliba Abi Chedid] (79)

PART II: RELIGIOUS MINORITIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE ARAB SPRING (99)

Chapter 4. Adapting to Shifting Ground: The Alawites of the Northern Levant [Leon T. Goldsmith] (101)

Chapter 5. The Druze and the Arab Spring [Lubna Tarabey] (129)

Chapter 6. Syrian Ismailis and the Arab Spring: Seasons of Death and White Carnations [Otared Haidar] (147)

Chapter 7. The Christians of Syria and the Arab Spring [Habib C. Malik] (175)

Chapter 8. The Christians of Lebanon and the Arab Spring [Michael Abi Semaan and Tony E. Nasrallah] (203)

Chapter 9. The Easy Enemy: The Shia and Sectarianism in the Arab States of the Gulf and Yemen during the Arab Spring [Jessie Moritz] (227)

PART III: OTHER MINORITIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE ARAB SPRING (259)

Chapter 10. Palestinians at Home and in the Diasporas and the Arab Spring [Bernard Sabella] (261)

Chapter 11. A Spring Abroad: Exploring the Case of Tunisian Diasporas in Europe [Claire Demesmay, Sabine Russ-Sattar, Katrin Sold] (277)

Conclusion (307)

Selected Bibliography (309)

Index (327)

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