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The Reawakening of the Arab World

Challenge and Change in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring

Samir Amin

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Monthly Review
15 April 2016
History; Socialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies; Revolutionary groups & movements; Economic systems & structures
According to renowned Marxist economist Samir Amin, the recent Arab Spring uprisings comprise an integral part of a massive second awakening of the Global South. From the self-immolation in December 2010 of a Tunisian street vendor, to the consequent outcries in Cairo's Tahrir Square against poverty and corruption, to the ongoing upheavals across the Middle East and Northern Africa, the Arab world is shaping what may become of Western imperialism - an already tottering and overextended system. The Reawakening of the Arab World examines the complex interplay of nations regarding the Arab Spring and its continuing, turbulent seasons. Beginning with Amin's compelling interpretation of the 2011 popular Arab explosions, the book is comprised of five chapters - including a new chapter analyzing U.S. geo-strategy. Amin sees the United States, in an increasingly multi-polar world, as a victim of overreach, caught in its own web of attempts to contain the challenge of China, while confronting the staying power of nations such as Syria and Iran. The growing, deeply-felt need of the Arab people for independent, popular democracy is the cause of their awakening, says Amin. It is this awakening to democracy that the United States fears most, since real self-government by independent nations would necessarily mean the end of U.S. empire, and the economic liberalism that has kept it in place. The way forward for the Arab world, Amin argues, is to take on, not just Western imperialism, but also capitalism itself.
By:   Samir Amin
Imprint:   Monthly Review
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 14mm
Weight:   313g
ISBN:   9781583675977
ISBN 10:   1583675973
Pages:   248
Publication Date:   15 April 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Samir Amin was born in Egypt in 1931 and received his Ph.D. in economics in Paris in 1957. He is director of the Third World Forum in Dakar, Senegal. His numerous works include The Law of Worldwide Value, Eurocentrism: Second Edition, The World We Wish to See, The Liberal Virus, Accumulation on a World Scale, Imperialism and Unequal Development, and The Implosion of Contemporary Capitalism.

Reviews for The Reawakening of the Arab World: Challenge and Change in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring

Samir Amin has given us another of his refreshingly intelligent, deeply historical, and structurally analytic books. Even when one doesn't agree, one is forced to rethink one's assumptions. This is an indispensable guide to the political struggles of the contemporary Middle East. -Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University


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