Justice Interrupted: The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East by Elizabeth F. Thompson
English | 2013 | ISBN: 0674073134 | 432 pages | PDF | 2,3 MB
The Arab Spring uprisings of 2011 were often portrayed in the media as a dawn of democracy in the region. But the revolutionaries were-& saw themselves as-heirs to a centuries-long struggle for just government & 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, & 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, & many more. Their memoirs, speeches, & letters chart the complex lineage of political idealism, reform, & 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 & wealth wrought by the modern global economy-& by global war. Motivated by a memory of betrayal at the h&s of the Great Powers after World War I & in the Cold War, today's progressives assert a local tradition of liberal constitutionalism that has often been stifled but never extinguished.