Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The World After The Arab Spring

This is one of the most interesting  books I’ve read lately: “The New Middle East. The World After The Arab Spring”. Even if it deals with a very complicated questions - struggling for freedom of the Arab nations, it’s written in a very comprehensive way, by an author with a great penmanship. No wonder, Paul Danahar is a jounalist who has seen many of the events with his own eyes as a correpondent in the countries he writes about.

I got my hands on “The New Middle East. The World After The Arab Spring” for several reasons. A few weeks ago I started a course “The Emergence of the Modern Middle East” at the Tel Aviv University, and this book covers some of the topics included in the course. I traveled to Morocco and Egypt; I learn Arabic - so for me it’s also a way to understand better the history of the region, social, economic and cultural backgrounds as well as the present day.

Paul Danahar explains the reasons and describes people who stood behind the so-called Arab Spring, or as others prefer to call it, Arab uprisings, which began in Tunisia and then swept through Libya, Egypt, Iraq and Syria. There were also more or less visible freedom movements and efforts in other countries like Bahrain or Morocco. He writes about an endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict. What is important, he tries to be neutral in his opinions and judgements. He explains the meanders of the world politics but also tries to find out what ordinary people want, what they long for and why they adopt such and such attitudes. He helps readers understand that aside from politicians, dictators, fighters, jihadists, Islamists, there are people who just want to live in peace, they want a better future for their children and they don’t think only about a jihad - in spite of what many of us nowadays think about the Muslim world.

I highly recommend this book to those who really want to understand what is going on around them, especially if they are interested in the situation in the Middle East, if the want to know more about Arabs culture, history, religion...

About the author

Paul Danahar was the BBC’s Middle East Bureau Chief (2010-13) and ran the organisation’s news coverage of the Arab Spring. He was awarded an MBE in 2003 for his work as the Baghdad Bureau Chief during the American-led invasion. Prior to his present posting he was the BBC’s East Asia Bureau Chief for three years, and previous to that he was the BBC’s South Asia Bureau Chief, covering the rise, fall and eventual return of the Taliban. He is one of a small number of journalists to have worked in all three countries that make up the so-called ‘Axis of Evil’: Iraq, Iran and North Korea. In 2013 he was appointed the BBC’s North America Bureau Chief, based in Washington.
(Taken from the book “The New Middle East”)

The New Middle East. The World After The Arab Spring

Author: Paul Danahar
Publisher: Bloomsbury Press, New York
Year: 2013
Pages: 416


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