The Arab Spring: The End of Postcolonialism

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Zed Books, Jun 15, 2012 - History - 150 pages
This pioneering elucidation of the Arab Spring will define a new era of thinking about the Middle East. In this landmark book, Hamid Dabashi argues that the revolutionary uprisings that have engulfed multiple countries and political climes from Morocco to Iran and from Syria to Yemen, are driven by a "Delayed Defiance" - a point of rebellion against domestic tyranny and globalized disempowerment that signifies no less than the end of Postcolonialism. Dabashi shows how the Arab Spring has altered the geopolitics of the region so radically that we must begin re-imagining the moral map of "the Middle East" afresh.

Ultimately, a "permanent revolutionary mood" has the potential to liberate not only those already ignited, but many others through a universal geopolitics of hope.

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About the author (2012)

Hamid Dabashi is an Iranian-American Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York City. Hamid has been a columnist for the Egyptianal-Ahram Weekly for over a decade, and is now a regular columnist for Aljazeera, and he has had a regular column at CNN. He has travelled and lectured extensively in the Arab world, from Morocco to Egypt to Palestine to Syria.

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