Year: 2018

The Iranian Political Language: From the late Nineteenth Century to the Present

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By: Yadullah Shahibzadeh

Volume: 6 Issue: 1

January 2018

Review by:

Fatemeh Kamali Chirani

Augsburg University

Augsburg, Germany

The opportunity to publish a review of the book The Iranian political language coincides with massive protests in Iran, which started at the very last days of 2017. I wrote the final sentences on the book that defines “democracy as a condition of politics in which the right to govern and to be governed are the rights of everyone and anyone” (p. 189) simultaneously when Iranian protesters were criticizing the way of being governed. The…

London Youth, Religion, and Politics: Engagement and Activism from Brixton to Brick Lane

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By: Daniel Nilsson DeHanas

Volume: 6 Issue: 1

January 2018

Review by:

Moja Ennaji

University of Fes

Morocco

This book is outstanding in that it focuses on one city, London, and compares the political and social evolution of second-generation British youth of different migrant origins: British Muslim Bengladeshis, British Christian Jamaicans and non-religious youth. It is original because no other book – to my knowledge – to date has presented such a comparative study and comprehensive findings on the integration process of youth from different immigrant ethnic backgrounds. Its comparative dimension allows the…

Arguing Islam after the Revival of Arab Politics

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By: Nathan J. Brown

Volume: 6 Issue: 1

January 2018

Review by:

Moja Ennaji

University of Fes

Morocco

This book is original and timely. I think it has almost everything a modern book on Middle East politics after the Arab Spring should have – a reliance on both fieldwork and narrative techniques, an openness to new theories of public space, sociology, anthropology, and political science that promise better outcomes, illustrations with real data sets that show the cultural and political perspectives and specificities of this region of the world. The book raises useful…

Bullets and Bulletins: Media and Politics in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings

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By: Mohamed Zayani
Suzi Mirgani , Editor

Volume: 6 Issue: 1

January 2018

Review by:

Mohamed Lafouairas, PhD

King Fahd High-school of Translation

Tangier, Morocco

Since the beginning of the Arab uprisings, it was apparent that there has been a soaring conflict of mediums, and each part wanted to strengthen its control over the public sphere, whether it was a space medium or other communication mean which coincided with the spread of the use of internet, and the rising access to social media and digital media that “are extending the exercise of citizenship” (p. 8). And even, the self-immolation of…

War Is Coming: Between Past and Future Violence in Lebanon

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By: Sami Hermez

Volume: 6 Issue: 1

January 2018

Review by:

Josef Olmert, PhD

University Of South Carolina

Columbia, SC

The political eruption engulfing the Middle East since late 2010, known (though erroneously) as the Arab Spring spared, to a large part, and up to now (December 2017), a country whose history, stretching for centuries, has been characterized by frequent bloodshed, large scale violence, in fact, terrible civil wars. This is Lebanon. It is arguably the case, that predictions of many pundits and experts, including lots of Lebanese, were that the eruption would strike Lebanon…

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