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The People Want

A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising

Gilbert Achcar


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Paperback (9/3/2013)


Achcar argues that the Arab Spring was but the beginning of a long-term revolutionary process - a perspective confirmed by a second wave of uprisings in 2019 - and outlines the requirements for a solution to the crisis; this new edition features a preface drawing a balance sheet of the upheaval's first decade.

'The people want' - thus began the slogans chanted by millions of protesters in 2011 in what was dubbed the 'Arab Spring'.  While the protests revealed a long-suppressed craving for democracy, they also laid bare a deep structural crisis.

In this landmark work, Middle East analyst Gilbert Achcar examines the socio-economic roots and political dynamics of the regional upheaval. He assesses the peculiarities of the region's states and regimes, and sheds light on the movements that use Islam as a political banner.

Saqi Books, 9780863564772, 416pp.

Publication Date: September 6, 2022