Cilt 12, Sayı 3, Sayfalar 32 - 46 2015-11-07

When Life Imitates Art: The Arab Spring, the Middle East, and the Modern World

Sean Foley [1]

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What was the intellectual vision that led to the Arab Spring and what are its roots This article investigates how that vision took shape in the years immediately before the Arab Spring through the work of poets and popular Arab singers like Hamza Namira and Maher Zain. It argues that the vision in art and politics mirrored the desire of many Arabs and Muslims to find new ways to solve the challenges plaguing their societies. The vision also reflected a) how the downturn in the global economy after 2008 combined with major environmental changes to galvanize millions to act in the Arab World b) how social media and new communications tools helped to mobilize dissent and to limit the ability of governments to effectively repress their populations. More than two years after the Arab Spring began in late 2010 the movements it spawned are radically reconstructing societies in the Middle East. They are also undermining some of the basic assumptions of the international system, many of which have been in place since the Peace of Westphalia in 1648
Arab Spring, Egypt, Hamza Namira, Maher Zain, Social Media, and Syria
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Bibtex @ { alternatives20877, journal = {Alternatives :Turkish Journal Of International Relations}, issn = {2146-0809}, address = {Yalova Üniversitesi}, year = {2015}, volume = {12}, pages = {32 - 46}, doi = {}, title = {When Life Imitates Art: The Arab Spring, the Middle East, and the Modern World}, language = {en}, key = {cite}, author = {Foley, Sean} }
APA Foley, S . (2015). When Life Imitates Art: The Arab Spring, the Middle East, and the Modern World. Alternatives :Turkish Journal Of International Relations, 12 (3), 32-46. Retrieved from http://dergipark.gov.tr/alternatives/issue/1691/20877
MLA Foley, S . "When Life Imitates Art: The Arab Spring, the Middle East, and the Modern World". Alternatives :Turkish Journal Of International Relations 12 (2015): 32-46 <http://dergipark.gov.tr/alternatives/issue/1691/20877>
Chicago Foley, S . "When Life Imitates Art: The Arab Spring, the Middle East, and the Modern World". Alternatives :Turkish Journal Of International Relations 12 (2015): 32-46
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