'A much needed addition to our understanding of the Arab uprisings, their causes, and their meaning. While the political, social, economic, and cultural dimensions of the uprisings have been well explored, this book is unique inasmuch as it probes the overlooked role played by intellectuals in interpreting the Arab condition and articulating the complaints and demands of activists.'
James L. Gelvin - University of California, Los Angeles, and author of The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know.
'Spanning a wide range of thinkers, writers and struggles across the Arab world and from the 1940s to the present, this collection of essays by a stellar cast of scholars illustrates both the diversity and the continuities of postwar Arab intellectual history. Whether tracing the complex legacies of the nahda or the travails of the Arab left, Hanssen and Weiss's follow-up to their Arabic Thought beyond the Liberal Age scuttles popular fallacies about the sterility or atavism of Arab intellectual life, illuminates the deeper roots of the 2011–12 Arab uprisings, and makes available to English-language readers important voices that are too rarely heard outside the Middle East.'
James McDougall - University of Oxford