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Title:Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Safwan M Masri
Publisher:Columbia University Press
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:352
Category:Politics, History

Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly by Safwan M Masri

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly The Arab Spring began and ended with Tunisia In a region beset by brutal repression humanitarian disasters and civil war Tunisia s Jasmine Revolution alone gave way to a peaceful transition to a functioning democracy Within four short years Tunisians passed a progressive constitution held fair parliamentary elections and ushered in the country s first ever democratically elected president But did Tunisia simply avoid the misfortunes that befell its neighbors or were there particular features that set the country apart and made it a special case .

In i Tunisia An Arab Anomaly i Safwan M Masri explores the factors that have shaped the country s exceptional experience He traces Tunisia s history of reform in the realms of education religion and women s rights arguing that the seeds for today s relatively liberal and democratic society were planted as far back as the middle of the nineteenth century Masri argues that Tunisia stands out less as a model that can be replicated in other Arab countries but rather as an anomaly as its history of reformism set it on a separate trajectory from the rest of the region The narrative explores notions of identity the relationship between Islam and society and the hegemonic role of religion in shaping educational social and political agendas across the Arab region Based on interviews with dozens of experts leaders activists and ordinary citizens and a synthesis of a rich body of knowledge Masri provides a sensitive often personal account that is critical for understanding not only Tunisia but also the broader Arab world