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The changes we are witnessing today in the Arab world are profound, but they did not appear from nowhere in 2010. Neither is there any prospect of a neat conclusion. The concept of the so-called Arab Spring both helps us to articulate a dramatically shifting socio-political landscape poised at a pivotal historical moment, and obscures the historicity and futurity of the present. It is also highly contentious in terms of normativity, descriptive accuracy, and potentially orientalism, and it is precisely this controversy that we seek to enter into dialogue. By publishing a series of short texts entitled ‘New Perspectives on the Long Arab Spring’, the Arab Human Rights Academy (AHRA) seeks to stimulate wide-ranging, critical debate around the past, present and future of socio-political change in the region, with attention to a broad set of issues, including politics, law, religion, culture and human rights. The ‘Long Arab Spring’ explores a diverse range of themes, such as the rich history of Arab rebellion, workers’ struggles, reform and revolt; both affirmation and critique of the term ‘Arab Spring’ itself; the long road ahead of reform, continued grassroots struggle, war, revolution and counter-revolution; and, particularly relevant to the AHRA’s mission, the growing movement for a culturally authentic, grassroots-led human rights revolution. In doing so we aim to help make sense of the new terrain in which we find ourselves and to promote dialogue between cultures, disciplines and generations.
The first book in the publication series ‘New Perspectives on the Long Arab Spring’ is written by USAF First Lieutenant Frederick Feigel (MA, Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS) and focuses on the political and social environment experienced in Jordan during the Arab Spring, and asks the question – ‘How did the Jordanian Monarchy Survive the Arab Spring?’.
This work not only allows us to understand the nuances of Jordanian politics and society which allowed the Monarchy to survive, but also brings further critical understanding to how stability is maintained in the Middle East and how we can push for a peaceful human rights revolution in the region without destroying the fabric of society itself.
The work has received accolades from SOAS staff, including Dr. Meera Sabaratnam, who called it ‘…an accomplished piece of scholarly work.’
The book can be ordered for the price of £5 by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to be published by the AHRA, please complete the following form, and email us with all supporting documents attached. The minimum length of an article is 10,000 words and the maximum length is 20,000 words. We are currently looking for authors to work on the next publication in the book series, the subject being the development of Political Islam in the Arab Work in the wake of the Arab Spring.