- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: March 2016
- Print publication year: 2016
- Online ISBN: 9780511843952
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511843952
The waves of protest ignited by the self-immolation of Muhammad Bouazizi in Tunisia in late 2010 highlighted for an international audience the importance of contentious politics in the Middle East and North Africa. John Chalcraft's ground-breaking account of popular protest emphasizes the revolutionary modern history of the entire region. Challenging top-down views of Middle Eastern politics, he looks at how commoners, subjects and citizens have long mobilised in defiance of authorities. Chalcraft takes examples from a wide variety of protest movements from Morocco to Iran. He forges a new narrative of change over time, creating a truly comparative framework rooted in the dynamics of hegemonic contestation. Beginning with movements under the Ottomans, which challenged corruption and oppression under the banners of religion, justice, rights and custom, this book goes on to discuss the impact of constitutional movements, armed struggles, nationalism and independence, revolution and Islamism. A work of unprecedented range and depth, this volume will be welcomed by undergraduates and graduates studying protest in the region and beyond.
Juan Cole - University of Michigan
John Sidel - London School of Economics and Political Science
Charles Tripp - School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Julia Clancy-Smith - University of Arizona
Charles Kurzman - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Michael Provence - University of California, San Diego
Aaron G. Jakes Source: Middle East Journal
M. Dorraj Source: Choice
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