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The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism

The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism

by Marwan Muasher,
The Jerusalem Post, July 18, 2014

Ignited in December 2010, when a Tunisian man set himself on fire, the Arab Spring spread to more than half a dozen countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. Writing about it, however, is a perilous undertaking. In each of these countries, and elsewhere in the region, the Arab Spring remains a work in progress, proceeding in fits and starts, with movement sideways and backward as well as forward, and threatening to render a book on the subject out of date as soon as it is published.