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Arab spring dreams : the next generation speaks out for freedom and justice from North Africa to Iran /
edited by Nasser Weddady and Sohrab Ahmari ; foreword by Gloria Steinem.
edition
1st ed.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
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xvi, 235 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0230115926 (Paper), 9780230115927 (Paper)
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
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0230115926 (Paper)
9780230115927 (Paper)
general note
"Featuring writings from the American Islamic Congress's Dream Deferred Essay Contest."
Includes index.
abstract
"During the Arab Spring, the world saw a long-suppressed group in the Middle East--young people--assert itself and demand its rights. But youthful dissent did not appear overnight; for decades it has been simmering beneath the surface in countries from Saudi Arabia to Yemen, from Iran to Egypt. In Arab Spring Dreams, a number of young Middle Easterners describe their experiences with the region's laws and cultural mores, including the crime of holding hands before marriage, discrimination and harassment over religious beliefs, and young women fighting for the right to complete their educations. They also discuss how previous uprisings, particularly the American civil rights movement of the 1960s, might be channeled to effect change in their own countries. Beautifully written and profoundly moving, these stories present a decisive call for change at a crucial point in the evolution of the Middle East"--
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8415666
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Nasser Weddady is the civil rights outreach director of the American Islamic Congress. He has helped design and administer the Dream Deferred essay contest, from which the essays in this anthology are culled. Sohrab Ahmari is an Iranian-American journalist. His columns, feature stories, and reviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, The New Republic, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2012-05-01:
Law student and community organizer Ahmari and activist Weddady (outreach director, American Islamic Congress) edited this collection of 35 stories written by Middle Easterners sharing their life experiences and hopes for individual rights in their homelands. The book's three parts outline the slow transition from feeling trapped to fighting for freedom and equality to finally breaking through to change. Pro-democracy uprisings continue to crop up throughout the Middle East and North Africa. These pieces are outcries from the current generation of reformers. The editors frame each essay by explaining its historical and social context while allowing authentic individual voices from the region to be heard in the pieces themselves. Topics covered include sexuality, religion, education and politics, and how the region's severe laws and cultural mores hinder personal freedoms. Gloria Steinem, who was a judge for the "Dream Deferred" essay contest that ultimately led to this collection, provides a foreword, and an afterword is contributed by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa. VERDICT All readers interested in keeping up with current events, international politics, and the condition of today's young people in the Middle East and North Africa will be drawn to this book.-Krista Bush, Shelton Public Sch. Lib., CT (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2012-01-30:
In Egypt, a man bribes a member of the morality police to avoid being arrested for committing "acts of public indecency." The act in question is a walk in the park with his fiancee. In Iran, a Sunni schoolgirl is rebuked and scorned for praying without a Shi'a prayer stone, and her father faces prison for the same offence. A woman watches a cat cross the Tunisian-Libya border and wishes she had the cat's freedom to travel throughout the Arab world without a male guardian. Less polished than Reading Lolita in Tehran, but more immediate and raw, the essays in this collection were written by activists age 25 and under and culled from 8,000 entries submitted over five years for the Dream Deferred Essay Contest on Civil Rights in the Middle East, conducted online and sponsored by private foundations, including the Earhart Foundation and The Liberty Fund. The essays provide glimpses of daily life in countries where civil rights do not exist. Recognizing that the status of women is "a key barometer to the openness of a society," editors Amari, a law student at Northeastern University, and Weddady, the civil rights outreach director of the American Islamic Congress, devote one section to the additional obstacles women face. Though the essay contest seemed like a quixotic gesture at its inception in 2005, it turns out to have been prescient. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review Quotes
"Some of these young writers possess more clarity than all the pundits combined." --Times Literary Supplement "A slim volume that successfully presents ''treasures, surprises, and rewards.''" -- Kirkus Reviews "The genesis of this lean essay anthology actually preceded the protests in Tunis and Cairo by more than five years...Many of those visions now appear prescient... Arab Spring Dreams is a powerful boost for young people in the Middle East who seek to lift the curtain of obscurantism from a region desperate for daylight." Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs ". . . Immediate and raw, the essays in this collection provide glimpses of daily life in countries where civil rights do not exist. Though the essay contest seemed like a quixotic gesture at its inception in 2005, it turns out to have been prescient." -- Publishers Weekly "You are now holding an exceptional book. It is particularly now when the eyes of the whole world are anxiously set on the Middle East that I am so eagerly looking forward to getting to know the stories which often do not make themselves heard among the brouhaha in the media. The essays collected here are a particularly important testimony and close to my heart as they are written by young courageous people who dare to dream of the things their parents never dreamt of. The book clearly demonstrates that no matter where we live or what religion we follow, certain fundamental values are universal."Lech Walesa, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and the former President of Poland "This is a wonderful book, and a stirring testament to the truth that the desire for freedom and democracy transcends the boundaries of nationalities, religion, ethnicity, race and gender."--Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran "For too long, American readers have looked to unreliable intermediaries to learn what''s on the minds of the Arab youth. But now two of the most promising young thinkers from the region have offered up a gem, Arab Spring Dreams , giving us access to their generation''s most authentic voices. To further their worthy plight for freedom, let us begin by lending an ear to their moving narratives."--Roya Hakakian, author of Journey from the Land of No and Assassins of the Turquoise Palace "These are extraordinary and ordinary stories that underline an immutable truth: people want to live as free beings with dignity and equal rights. This collection of powerful testimonies is gripping, heart-breaking, and inspiring, offering the only antidote to the abyss of a society lacking rule of law: educated hope. These pages reveal that the struggle for civil rights in the Middle East is still ongoing--and will require allies the world over who recognize the universality of the struggle for human rights and the responsibility borne by those of us living in freedom." Thor Halvorssen, President, Human Rights Foundation " Arab Spring Dreams offers a compelling journey through the hearts, minds and souls of the generation that rocked the world's most repressive region. A first-hand account of the struggle for democracy in the Middle East, and a terrific roller coaster of burning frustrations and passionate aspirations. Buckle up!"--Ahmed Benchemsi, Stanford University Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law "Sohrab Ahmari and Nasser Weddady have assembled a chorus of new voices from across the Arab and Iranian Middle East, and all of the voices are young, and all of them are plaintive. Not everyone among the contributors to this anthology sees things the same way, but everyone is filled with yearning for a better future, and the yearning is touching. Will the better future come about? One thing is certain: a better future for the Middle East and for the larger world will come about only if people from different corners of the world do a better job of speaking to one another. Arab Spring Dreams contributes to that noble cause. And Ahmari and Weddady are writers to watch."--Paul Berman, author of Terror and Liberalism and The Flight of the Intellectuals "This book is the essential portrait of a generation, an intimate explanation of the forces and frustrations that are shaping the Middle East. If you care about women's rights, religious freedom, or basic human dignity, then these are stories you need to hear." --Lara Setrakian, Foreign Correspondent, ABC News/Bloomberg
"Some of these young writers possess more clarity than all the pundits combined." --Times Literary Supplement "A slim volume that successfully presents ''treasures, surprises, and rewards.''" -- Kirkus Reviews ". . . Immediate and raw, the essays in this collection provide glimpses of daily life in countries where civil rights do not exist. Though the essay contest seemed like a quixotic gesture at its inception in 2005, it turns out to have been prescient." -- Publishers Weekly "You are now holding an exceptional book. It is particularly now when the eyes of the whole world are anxiously set on the Middle East that I am so eagerly looking forward to getting to know the stories which often do not make themselves heard among the brouhaha in the media. The essays collected here are a particularly important testimony and close to my heart as they are written by young courageous people who dare to dream of the things their parents never dreamt of. The book clearly demonstrates that no matter where we live or what religion we follow, certain fundamental values are universal."Lech Walesa, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and the former President of Poland "This is a wonderful book, and a stirring testament to the truth that the desire for freedom and democracy transcends the boundaries of nationalities, religion, ethnicity, race and gender."--Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran "For too long, American readers have looked to unreliable intermediaries to learn what''s on the minds of the Arab youth. But now two of the most promising young thinkers from the region have offered up a gem, Arab Spring Dreams , giving us access to their generation''s most authentic voices. To further their worthy plight for freedom, let us begin by lending an ear to their moving narratives."--Roya Hakakian, author of Journey from the Land of No and Assassins of the Turquoise Palace "These are extraordinary and ordinary stories that underline an immutable truth: people want to live as free beings with dignity and equal rights. This collection of powerful testimonies is gripping, heart-breaking, and inspiring, offering the only antidote to the abyss of a society lacking rule of law: educated hope. These pages reveal that the struggle for civil rights in the Middle East is still ongoing--and will require allies the world over who recognize the universality of the struggle for human rights and the responsibility borne by those of us living in freedom." Thor Halvorssen, President, Human Rights Foundation " Arab Spring Dreams offers a compelling journey through the hearts, minds and souls of the generation that rocked the world's most repressive region. A first-hand account of the struggle for democracy in the Middle East, and a terrific roller coaster of burning frustrations and passionate aspirations. Buckle up!"--Ahmed Benchemsi, Stanford University Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law "Sohrab Ahmari and Nasser Weddady have assembled a chorus of new voices from across the Arab and Iranian Middle East, and all of the voices are young, and all of them are plaintive. Not everyone among the contributors to this anthology sees things the same way, but everyone is filled with yearning for a better future, and the yearning is touching. Will the better future come about? One thing is certain: a better future for the Middle East and for the larger world will come about only if people from different corners of the world do a better job of speaking to one another. Arab Spring Dreams contributes to that noble cause. And Ahmari and Weddady are writers to watch."--Paul Berman, author of Terror and Liberalism and The Flight of the Intellectuals "This book is the essential portrait of a generation, an intimate explanation of the forces and frustrations that are shaping the Middle East. If you care about women's rights, religious freedom, or basic human dignity, then these are stories you need to hear." --Lara Setrakian, Foreign Correspondent, ABC News/Bloomberg
"Some of these young writers possess more clarity than all the pundits combined." --Times Literary Supplement "Arab Spring Dreams scratches well beneath the surface of the societies concerned and probes into their psychological and social fabric. And in doing so, it proves that contrary to the claims of so many Arab politicians, not everything that is wrong with the region is someone else''s fault."--The Telegraph, London "A slim volume that successfully presents ''treasures, surprises, and rewards.''" -- Kirkus Reviews "The genesis of this lean essay anthology actually preceded the protests in Tunis and Cairo by more than five years...Many of those visions now appear prescient... Arab Spring Dreams is a powerful boost for young people in the Middle East who seek to lift the curtain of obscurantism from a region desperate for daylight." Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs ". . . Immediate and raw, the essays in this collection provide glimpses of daily life in countries where civil rights do not exist. Though the essay contest seemed like a quixotic gesture at its inception in 2005, it turns out to have been prescient." -- Publishers Weekly "You are now holding an exceptional book. It is particularly now when the eyes of the whole world are anxiously set on the Middle East that I am so eagerly looking forward to getting to know the stories which often do not make themselves heard among the brouhaha in the media. The essays collected here are a particularly important testimony and close to my heart as they are written by young courageous people who dare to dream of the things their parents never dreamt of. The book clearly demonstrates that no matter where we live or what religion we follow, certain fundamental values are universal."Lech Walesa, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and the former President of Poland "This is a wonderful book, and a stirring testament to the truth that the desire for freedom and democracy transcends the boundaries of nationalities, religion, ethnicity, race and gender."--Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran "For too long, American readers have looked to unreliable intermediaries to learn what''s on the minds of the Arab youth. But now two of the most promising young thinkers from the region have offered up a gem, Arab Spring Dreams , giving us access to their generation''s most authentic voices. To further their worthy plight for freedom, let us begin by lending an ear to their moving narratives."--Roya Hakakian, author of Journey from the Land of No and Assassins of the Turquoise Palace "These are extraordinary and ordinary stories that underline an immutable truth: people want to live as free beings with dignity and equal rights. This collection of powerful testimonies is gripping, heart-breaking, and inspiring, offering the only antidote to the abyss of a society lacking rule of law: educated hope. These pages reveal that the struggle for civil rights in the Middle East is still ongoing--and will require allies the world over who recognize the universality of the struggle for human rights and the responsibility borne by those of us living in freedom." Thor Halvorssen, President, Human Rights Foundation " Arab Spring Dreams offers a compelling journey through the hearts, minds and souls of the generation that rocked the world's most repressive region. A first-hand account of the struggle for democracy in the Middle East, and a terrific roller coaster of burning frustrations and passionate aspirations. Buckle up!"--Ahmed Benchemsi, Stanford University Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law "Sohrab Ahmari and Nasser Weddady have assembled a chorus of new voices from across the Arab and Iranian Middle East, and all of the voices are young, and all of them are plaintive. Not everyone among the contributors to this anthology sees things the same way, but everyone is filled with yearning for a better future, and the yearning is touching. Will the better future come about? One thing is certain: a better future for the Middle East and for the larger world will come about only if people from different corners of the world do a better job of speaking to one another. Arab Spring Dreams contributes to that noble cause. And Ahmari and Weddady are writers to watch."--Paul Berman, author of Terror and Liberalism and The Flight of the Intellectuals "This book is the essential portrait of a generation, an intimate explanation of the forces and frustrations that are shaping the Middle East. If you care about women's rights, religious freedom, or basic human dignity, then these are stories you need to hear." --Lara Setrakian, Foreign Correspondent, ABC News/Bloomberg
"A slim volume that successfully presents 'treasures, surprises, and rewards.'" -- Kirkus Reviews "You are now holding an exceptional book. It is particularly now when the eyes of the whole world are anxiously set on the Middle East that I am so eagerly looking forward to getting to know the stories which often do not make themselves heard among the brouhaha in the media. The essays collected here are a particularly important testimony and close to my heart as they are written by young courageous people who dare to dream of the things their parents never dreamt of. The book clearly demonstrates that no matter where we live or what religion we follow, certain fundamental values are universal."Lech Walesa, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and the former President of Poland "This is a wonderful book, and a stirring testament to the truth that the desire for freedom and democracy transcends the boundaries of nationalities, religion, ethnicity, race and gender."--Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran "For too long, American readers have looked to unreliable intermediaries to learn what's on the minds of the Arab youth. But now two of the most promising young thinkers from the region have offered up a gem, Arab Spring Dreams , giving us access to their generation's most authentic voices. To further their worthy plight for freedom, let us begin by lending an ear to their moving narratives."--Roya Hakakian, author of Journey from the Land of No and Assassins of the Turquoise Palace
"A slim volume that successfully presents 'treasures, surprises, and rewards.'" -- Kirkus Reviews ". . . Immediate and raw, the essays in this collection provide glimpses of daily life in countries where civil rights do not exist. Though the essay contest seemed like a quixotic gesture at its inception in 2005, it turns out to have been prescient." -- Publishers Weekly "You are now holding an exceptional book. It is particularly now when the eyes of the whole world are anxiously set on the Middle East that I am so eagerly looking forward to getting to know the stories which often do not make themselves heard among the brouhaha in the media. The essays collected here are a particularly important testimony and close to my heart as they are written by young courageous people who dare to dream of the things their parents never dreamt of. The book clearly demonstrates that no matter where we live or what religion we follow, certain fundamental values are universal."Lech Walesa, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and the former President of Poland "This is a wonderful book, and a stirring testament to the truth that the desire for freedom and democracy transcends the boundaries of nationalities, religion, ethnicity, race and gender."--Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran "For too long, American readers have looked to unreliable intermediaries to learn what's on the minds of the Arab youth. But now two of the most promising young thinkers from the region have offered up a gem, Arab Spring Dreams , giving us access to their generation's most authentic voices. To further their worthy plight for freedom, let us begin by lending an ear to their moving narratives."--Roya Hakakian, author of Journey from the Land of No and Assassins of the Turquoise Palace "These are extraordinary and ordinary stories that underline an immutable truth: people want to live as free beings with dignity and equal rights. This collection of powerful testimonies is gripping, heart-breaking, and inspiring, offering the only antidote to the abyss of a society lacking rule of law: educated hope. These pages reveal that the struggle for civil rights in the Middle East is still ongoing--and will require allies the world over who recognize the universality of the struggle for human rights and the responsibility borne by those of us living in freedom." Thor Halvorssen, President, Human Rights Foundation " Arab Spring Dreams offers a compelling journey through the hearts, minds and souls of the generation that rocked the world's most repressive region. A first-hand account of the struggle for democracy in the Middle East, and a terrific roller coaster of burning frustrations and passionate aspirations. Buckle up!"--Ahmed Benchemsi, Stanford University Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law "Sohrab Ahmari and Nasser Weddady have assembled a chorus of new voices from across the Arab and Iranian Middle East, and all of the voices are young, and all of them are plaintive. Not everyone among the contributors to this anthology sees things the same way, but everyone is filled with yearning for a better future, and the yearning is touching. Will the better future come about? One thing is certain: a better future for the Middle East and for the larger world will come about only if people from different corners of the world do a better job of speaking to one another. Arab Spring Dreams contributes to that noble cause. And Ahmari and Weddady are writers to watch."--Paul Berman, author of Terror and Liberalism and The Flight of the Intellectuals
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Bowker Data Service Summary
In this text young Middle Easterners describe their experiences with the region's laws and cultural mores, including the crime of holding hands before marriage and young women fighting for education.
Library of Congress Summary
"During the Arab Spring, the world saw a long-suppressed group in the Middle East--young people--assert itself and demand its rights. But youthful dissent did not appear overnight; for decades it has been simmering beneath the surface in countries from Saudi Arabia to Yemen, from Iran to Egypt. In Arab Spring Dreams, a number of young Middle Easterners describe their experiences with the region's laws and cultural mores, including the crime of holding hands before marriage, discrimination and harassment over religious beliefs, and young women fighting for the right to complete their educations. They also discuss how previous uprisings, particularly the American civil rights movement of the 1960s, might be channeled to effect change in their own countries. Beautifully written and profoundly moving, these stories present a decisive call for change at a crucial point in the evolution of the Middle East"--
Main Description
Middle Eastern youth dare tospeak out in their own words about political freedom, human rights, and their hopes for transforming the region From a gay man secretly mourning his lover's suicide in Morocco to a young woman denied schooling because of religious discrimination in Iran, Arab Spring Dreams spotlights some of the Middle East's most outspoken young dissidents. The essayists cover a wide range of experiences, including premarital sex, the lack of educational opportunities, teenage marriage, and the fight for political freedom. They also highlight how repressive laws and cultural mores snuff out liberty and stifle growth and consider how previous movements - particularly the American civil rights struggle - might be channeled to effect change in their own countries. Beautifully written and profoundly moving, these stories present a decisive call for change at a crucial point in the evolution of the Middle East.
Main Description
From a gay man secretly mourning his lover's suicide in Morocco to a young woman denied schooling because of religious discrimination in Iran, Arab Spring Dreams spotlights some of the Middle East's most outspoken young dissidents. The essayists cover a wide range of experiences, including premarital sex, the lack of educational opportunities, teenage marriage, and the fight for political freedom. They also highlight how repressive laws and cultural mores snuff out liberty and stifle growth and consider how previous movementsparticularly the American civil rights strugglemight be channeled to effect change in their own countries. Beautifully written and profoundly moving, these stories present a decisive call for change at a crucial point in the evolution of the Middle East.
Main Description
From a gay man secretly mourning his lover's suicide in Morocco to a young woman denied schooling because of religious discrimination in Iran, Arab Spring Dreams spotlights some of the Middle East's most outspoken young dissidents. The essayists cover a wide range of experiences, including premarital sex, the lack of educational opportunities, teenage marriage, and the fight for political freedom. They also highlight how repressive laws and cultural mores snuff out liberty and stifle growth and consider how previous movements - particularly the American civil rights struggle - might be channeled to effect change in their own countries.Beautifully written and profoundly moving, these stories present a decisive call for change at a crucial point in the evolution of the Middle East.
Main Description
From a gay man secretly mourning his lover's suicide in Morocco to a young woman denied schooling because of religious discrimination in Iran, Arab Spring Dreams spotlights some of the Middle East's most outspoken young dissidents. The essayists cover a wide range of experiences, including premarital sex, the lack of educational opportunities, teenage marriage, and the fight for political freedom. They also highlight how repressive laws and cultural mores snuff out liberty and stifle growth and consider how previous movements - particularly the American civil rights struggle - might be channeled to effect change in their own countries. Beautifully written and profoundly moving, these stories present a decisive call for change at a crucial point in the evolution of the Middle East.
Main Description
During the Arab Spring, the world saw a long-suppressed group in the Middle East - young people - assert itself and demand its rights. But youthful dissent did not appear overnight; for decades it has been simmering beneath the surface in countries from Saudi Arabia to Yemen, fromIran to Egypt. In Arab Spring Dreams , a number of young Middle Easterners describe their experiences with the region's laws and cultural mores, including the crime of holding hands before marriage, discrimination and harassment over religious beliefs, andyoung women fighting for the right to complete their educations. They also discuss how previous uprisings, particularly the American civil rights movement of the 1960s, might be channeled to effect change in their own countries. Beautifully written and profoundly moving, thesestories present a decisive call for change at a crucial point in the evolution of the Middle East.
Main Description
From a gay man secretly mourning his lover's suicide in Morocco to a young woman denied schooling because of religious discrimination in Iran, Arab Spring Dreams collects a wide-range of stories from young Middle Easterners about life under the region's oppressive regimes. Covering a wide range of experiences, including pre-marital sex, the lack of educational opportunities, teenage marriage, and the fight for political freedom, they highlight how severe laws and cultural mores snuff out liberty and stifle growth. They also discuss how previous movements, particularly the American civil rights struggle, might be channeled to effect change in their own countries. Beautifully written and profoundly moving, these stories present a decisive call for change at a crucial point in the evolution of the Middle East.
Main Description
During the Arab Spring, the world saw a long-suppressed group in the Middle East - young people - assert itself and demand its rights. But youthful dissent did not appear overnight; for decades it has been simmering beneath the surface in countries from Saudi Arabia to Yemen, fromIran to Egypt. In Arab Spring Dreams , a number of young Middle Easterners describe their experiences with the region's laws and cultural mores, including the crime of holding hands before marriage, discrimination and harassment over religious beliefs, andyoung women fighting for the right to complete their educations. They also discuss how previous uprisings, particularly the American civil rights movement of the 1960s, might be channeled to effect change in their own countries. Beautifully written and profoundly moving, these stories present a decisive call for change at a crucial point in the evolution of the Middle East.
Main Description
During the Arab Spring, the world saw a long-suppressed group in the Middle Eastyoung peopleassert itself and demand its rights. But this youthful dissent did not appear overnight; for decades it has been simmering beneath the surface in countries from Saudi Arabia to Yemen, from Iran to Egypt. In Arab Spring Dreams , young Middle Easterner activists describe their experiences with the region's laws and cultural mores, including the crime of holding hands before marriage, discrimination and harassment over religious beliefs, and young women fighting for the right to complete their educations. They also discuss how previous uprisings, particularly the American civil rights movement of the 1960s, might be channeled to effect change in their own countries. Beautifully written and profoundly moving, these stories present a decisive call for change at a crucial point in the evolution of the Middle East.
Description for Bookstore
Middle Eastern youth dare to speak out in their own words about political freedom, human rights, and their hopes for transforming the region
Main Description
During the Arab Spring, the world saw a long-suppressed group in the Middle East - young people - assert itself and demand its rights. But this youthful dissent did not appear overnight; for decades it has been simmering beneath the surface in countries from Saudi Arabia to Yemen, from Iran to Egypt. In Arab Spring Dreams , young Middle Easterner activists describe their experiences with the region's laws and cultural mores, including the crime of holding hands before marriage, discrimination and harassment over religious beliefs, and young women fighting for the right to complete their educations. They also discuss how previous uprisings, particularly the American civil rights movement of the 1960s, might be channeled to effect change in their own countries. Beautifully written and profoundly moving, these stories present a decisive call for change at a crucial point in the evolution of the Middle East.
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A collection of 25 beautifully written and profoundly moving stories from the young people who experienced the Arab Spring
Table of Contents
Forewordp. xiii
Introduction: A New Generation of Reformers Speaks Outp. 1
Trapped
"I Am Not Ayman!"p. 15
Monologue with the Princep. 21
Living inside 1984p. 25
Leaving Ahlam Behindp. 33
Seeking Salvationp. 39
Citizen or Subject?p. 45
At the Polling Stationp. 49
Memoirs of an Egyptian Citizenp. 53
My Medal of Blasphemyp. 59
The Shredded Exam Cardp. 63
The Eid al-Adha Bribep. 67
The Tragedy of My Loverp. 73
Art in a Cagep. 79
Black Like Mep. 83
Unequal
A Persian Grandmother in Tokyop. 89
Breaking News: MP Reveals Herself as Banned Poetp. 95
The Sacred Membranep. 101
The Cat at the Border Crossingp. 105
Women in a Mazep. 109
Women Unwelcomep. 113
The Closing of My Anonymous Blogp. 117
Hijacking the School Playp. 123
Heaven Is Beneath Mothers' Feetp. 127
My Sacred NO!p. 131
Breaking Through
Contaminating Mindsp. 139
Breaking News: Egyptian Apostate Refuses Asylump. 145
Every Prayer Is a Giftp. 151
"The Land Is for All"p. 157
Triumph of the Half-Nakedp. 161
Breaking through the Shari'a Loopholep. 167
Student Liberadon Frontp. 173
Dreams in a Drawerp. 179
"Iran, I Will Build You Again"p. 181
Undermining Decree Sixp. 185
Driving toward Equalityp. 189
Just Another Day in 2013p. 195
Anonymous No Morep. 201
Conclusion: Our Dream Deferredp. 205
Coeditorsp. 225
Acknowledgmentsp. 227
Indexp. 231
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