The Arab Revolution of 2011

A Comparative Perspective

Edited by Saïd Amir Arjomand

Subjects: Political Sociology, Middle East Politics, Comparative Politics, Democratization
Series: SUNY Press Open Access
Paperback : 9781438454887, 294 pages, January 2016
Hardcover : 9781438454894, 294 pages, April 2015

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Foreword: Pangaea II: Global/Local Studies
Saïd Amir Arjomand
1. The Arab Revolution 2011 and Its Counterrevolutions in Comparative Perspective
Saïd Amir Arjomand
2. Bringing Regimes Back In: Explaining Success and Failure in the Middle East Revolts of 2011
Jack A. Goldstone
3. Is Democracy a Mirage? The Arab Awakening in Comparative Perspective
Roberto Toscano
4. Did Inequality Breed the Arab Uprisings? Social Inequality in the Middle East from a World Perspective
Kevan Harris
5. A Place for Revolution: Urban Space in the Arab Spring
Can Ersoy
6. Quest for the Dawla Madania (Civic State): Visions of Egyptian Statehood
Dalia E. Wahdan
7. The First Year of the Tunisian Revolution
Jean-Pierre Filiu
8. Why Burkina’s Spring Fizzled Away: Paradoxes of a Semiauthoritarian Regime
Mathieu Hilgers and Augustin Loada
9. Civil Society in a Transcultural Comparison: Eastern Europe and the MENA Region
Karim Fathi and Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski
10. The 2017 Problem: A Next Revolutionary Situation
Dmitry Ivanov


Comparative analysis of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.


How do we make sense of the Arab revolution of 2011? What were its successes, its failures, and significance in world history? The Arab Revolution of 2011 brings together a broad range of perspectives to explain the causes, processes, and consequences of the revolution of 2011 and its critical implications for the future. The contributors, in this major addition to the sociology of revolutions, step back from the earlier euphoria of the Arab Spring to provide a sober analysis of what is still an ongoing process of upheaval in the Middle East. The essays address the role of national armies and foreign military intervention, the character and structure of old regimes as determinants of peaceful or violent political transformation, the constitutional placement of Islam in post-revolutionary regimes, and the possibilities of supplanting authoritarianism with democracy. The revolution of 2011 is also examined within a broad historical perspective, comparing the dynamics of revolution and counterrevolution in countries such as Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya with such epochal events as the European revolution of 1848 and Russia in 1917.

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Saïd Amir Arjomand is Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and Director of the Stony Brook Institute for Global Studies at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. He is the author and editor of many books, including Social Theory and Regional Studies in the Global Age and (with Nathan J. Brown) The Rule of Law, Islam, and Constitutional Politics in Egypt and Iran, both also published by SUNY Press.