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Justice Interrupted The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East

ISBN-10: 0674073134
ISBN-13: 9780674073135
Edition: 2013
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 4/19/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 380
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

The Arab Spring uprisings of 2011 were often portrayed in the media as a dawn of democracy in the region. But the revolutionaries were—and saw themselves as—heirs to a centuries-long struggle for just government and the rule of law, a struggle obstructed by local elites as well as the interventions of foreign powers. Elizabeth F. Thompson uncovers the deep roots of liberal constitutionalism in the Middle East through the remarkable stories of those who fought against poverty, tyranny, and foreign rule.Fascinating, sometimes quixotic personalities come to light: Tanyus Shahin, the Lebanese blacksmith who founded a peasant republic in 1858; Halide Edib, the feminist novelist who played a prominent role in the 1908 Ottoman constitutional revolution; Ali Shariati, the history professor who helped ignite the 1979 Iranian Revolution; Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who rallied Egyptians to Tahrir Square in 2011, and many more. Their memoirs, speeches, and letters chart the complex lineage of political idealism, reform, and violence that informs today’s Middle East.Often depicted as inherently anti-democratic, Islam was integral to egalitarian movements that sought to correct imbalances of power and wealth wrought by the modern global economy—and by global war. Motivated by a memory of betrayal at the hands of the Great Powers after World War I and in the Cold War, today’s progressives assert a local tradition of liberal constitutionalism that has often been stifled but never extinguished.

Elizabeth F. Thompson is Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia.

Preface
Introduction
The Rise of a Constitutional Model of Justice, 1839-1920
Mustafa All: Ottoman Justice and Bureaucratic Reform
Tanyus Shahin of Mount Lebanon: Peasant Republic and Christian Rights
Ahmad Urabi and Nazem al-Islam Kermani: Constitutional Justice in Egypt and Iran
Movements for Local and Collective Models of Justice, 1920-1965
Halide Edib, Turkey's Joan of Arc: The Fate of Liberalism after World War I
David Ben-Gurion and Musa Kazim in Palestine: Genocide and Justice for the Nation
Hasan al-Banna of Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood's Pursuit of Islamic Justice
Comrade Fahd: The Mass Appeal of Communism in Iraq
Akram al-Hourani and the Baath Party in Syria: Bringing Peasants into Politics
Struggles for Justice in the Absence of a Political Arena, Since 1965
Abu Iyad: The Talestinian Liberation Organization and the Turn to Political Violence
Sayyid Qutb and Ali Shariati: The Idea of Islamic Revolution in Egypt and Iran
Wael Ghonim of Egypt: The Arab Spring and the Return of Universal Rights
Chronology
Notes
Further Reading
Index

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