The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Authors: Abul-Hasanat Siddique & Casper Wuite

File Size: 1769 KB
Print Length: 82 pages
Publisher: SlimBooks (December 19, 2012)
Language: English

Book Description

At times the ground beneath our feet shakes and the world as we know it changes forever. These are such times and the Arab Uprisings will mark the start of a new era in world history. For years, Arab regimes have expropriated power and wealth from their people. In the age of the Internet, exploding populations and greater aspirations, these regimes have been increasingly incongruous. People, regardless of their race, religion, gender or culture, do not want to live in fear. They do not want a midnight knock on their door. They want basic freedoms, education for their children, decent jobs, peace and prosperity. In short, people everywhere want a life of dignity and the Arab Uprisings are the Arab people’s struggle for such a life.

The media has been saturated with stories about the Arab Uprisings. Yet, though much talked about, they are little understood. At Fair Observer, our goal is to enable you to make sense of the world and this book is our enterprise to ensure that you understand the uprisings a little better. The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction provides an accessible overview for the curious mind. Abul-Hasanat Siddique and Casper Wuite, the writers of the book, seek to explain what happened, why it happened, what is different, what may lie ahead and what can be done.


The Arab Uprisings have fundamentally altered the balance of power in the region. Traditionally, the main powers in the Middle East have been Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iran. Now, there are new actors vying for a greater role in the region. Qatar is looking to play a greater diplomatic role in the Middle East and beyond, while Turkey has been touted as a role model for Arab countries embarking on the long road of democratic reforms. Because of the resurgence of sectarianism, Shi’a Iran still remains a key power in the region.

About the Authors

*Abul-Hasanat Siddique is Co-Managing Editor/Middle East Editor at Fair Observer. Having co-authored his first book called The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction, Abul-Hasanat's main research interests lie in the upheaval sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, and the rise of political Islam. His other research interests lie in the history and future of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Previously, Abul-Hasanat worked as a News Editor for the Gorkana Group. He is currently completing his thesis for his MSc in Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), having previously obtained a BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Media Studies from the City University London.

*Casper Wuite is a Contributing Editor (Middle East) at Fair Observer. Currently based in Cairo, he writes on politics and development in the Arab world. Casper co-authored his first book called The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction. As a contributing editor, Casper draws on a wide range of experiences in the region. He has worked as a policy officer for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lebanon, a development consultant for NGO's in Egypt, and an international election observer for the National Democratic Institute in both Algeria (2012) and Egypt (2011). Casper holds an MSc in Politics and Government from the London School of Economics (University of London).

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