Revolution Without Revolutionaries: Making Sense of the Arab Spring (Paperback)

Revolution Without Revolutionaries: Making Sense of the Arab Spring Cover Image
On Our Shelves Now
112th St
2 on hand, as of Feb 21 5:40pm


The revolutionary wave that swept the Middle East in 2011 was marked by spectacular mobilization, spreading within and between countries with extraordinary speed. Several years on, however, it has caused limited shifts in structures of power, leaving much of the old political and social order intact. In this book, noted author Asef Bayat--whose Life as Politics anticipated the Arab Spring--uncovers why this occurred, and what made these uprisings so distinct from those that came before.

Revolution without Revolutionaries is both a history of the Arab Spring and a history of revolution writ broadly. Setting the 2011 uprisings side by side with the revolutions of the 1970s, particularly the Iranian Revolution, Bayat reveals a profound global shift in the nature of protest: as acceptance of neoliberal policy has spread, radical revolutionary impulses have diminished. Protestors call for reform rather than fundamental transformation. By tracing the contours and illuminating the meaning of the 2011 uprisings, Bayat gives us the book needed to explain and understand our post-Arab Spring world.

About the Author

Asef Bayat is the Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies and Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East (Stanford, 2009, 2013) and Making Islam Democratic: Social Movements and the Post-Islamist Turn (Stanford, 2007).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781503602588
ISBN-10: 1503602583
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2017
Pages: 312
Language: English
Series: Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and Cultures (Paperback)