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The Future of the Arab Spring

Civic Entrepreneurship in Politics, Art, and Technology Startups

Civic entrepreneurship lies at the heart of the Arab Spring. From the iconic image of an occupied Tahrir Square to scenes of dancing protesters in Syria and politically conscious hip hop in Tunisia, people across the Middle East and North Africa continue to collaborate and experiment their way out of years of dictatorship and political stagnation.  The Future of the Arab Spring examines the spirit of civic entrepreneurship that brought once untouchable dictators to their knees and continues to shape the region's political, artistic, and technology sectors. Through interviews with some of the region's leading civic entrepreneurs, including political activists, artists, and technologists, Maryam Jamshidi broadens popular understandings of recent events in this misunderstood region of the world.

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Students and researchers, particularly in homeland security and international affairs; any reader concerned about events in the Middle East and North Africa

Paperback, 124 Pages

Published: September 2013

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-416560-1


  • "Here, [Jamshidi] profiles some of the ‘most inspiring’ of…new civic entrepreneurial groups, focusing her discussion on groups in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria, and basing her profiles primarily on first-hand interviews with members of the groups. She has organized the material into three sections: civic entrepreneurship in politics and society, civic entrepreneurship in art and culture, and civic entrepreneurship in technology startups." --Reference & Research Book News, December 2013

    "Contrary to the media reports, the Arab revolutions have not failed, and this book demonstrates why. By focusing on the grassroots, Maryam Jamshidi illustrates how countless organizations are keeping the Arab Spring alive. Her book is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the reasons to be hopeful about the future of this troubled region." --Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Zealot

    "A fascinating and forward-looking book that stresses the positive aspects of the Arab Spring, emphasizing the extraordinary mobilization and cooperative effort of the youth as the instigators of the revolutions and their continuous participation in a movement of civic entrepreneurship that is expanding rather than contracting in the post-revolution period." --Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


  • Introduction: Civic Entrepreneurship and the Grassroots Spring
    Chapter 1 - A Short History of the Arab World and the Arab Spring
    Chapter 2 - Revolution, Ideology, and Democracy
    Chapter 3 - Civic Entrepreneurship in Politics and Society
    Chapter 4 - Civic Entrepreneurship in Art and Culture
    Chapter 5 - Civic Entrepreneurship in Technology Startups
    Conclusion: Will Spring Be Eternal?


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