ONLINE CLASS: MENA: A Ten-Year Retrospective of the Arab Uprisings: 2010-2020 (2131)

Five Fridays: January 22, February 5, 19, March 5, 19, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Price: 
$135.00 (10% off for members)

Here is another series of classes under the main heading of attempting to understand the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) through literature and prose written by its authors, advocates, observers and supporters. This time we will examine the Arab Uprisings that began in December 2010 in Tunisia and then spread to Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, and Yemen. However, we need to step back and examine the rise of tensions and challenges in the region that led to these uprisings in 2010. So, we will discuss general issues about the region; then the rise of post-colonial nationalism and the Nasser (pan-Arabism) phenomenon; then an overview by Neil MacFarquhar that gives us insight into the MENA region right before the uprisings began. The three books by Worth, El Rashidi, and Feldman will use personal stories to convey the euphoria of the uprisings, the confusion, and the ensuing tragedy yet still with an uplifting message highlighting people power for “bread, freedom, and social justice” [the famous slogan used in the non-violent mass protests]. We will end the class with a novel about Tunisia that is a “brilliantly accessible modern-day parable, the author Yamen Manai, uses a masterful blend of humor and drama to reveal what happens in a country shaken by revolutionary change after the world stops watching” [https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52737424-the-ardent-swarm].

Welcome to this learning journey using non-fiction prose and two novels understand the reasons for the Arab Uprisings (aka Arab Spring); what took place over the last ten years; and lessons learned.  

Five Fridays: January 22, February 5, 19, March 5, 19, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Online Class.

Reading Schedule:

22nd January –The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East by Neil MacFarquhar

5th February – The New Middle East and What Everyone Needs to Know by James L. Gelvin

19th February – A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS by Robert Worth and/or Chronicle of A Last Summer – A Novel of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi

5th March – The Arab Winter: A Tragedy by Noah Feldman

19th March – The Ardent Swarm – a novel by Yamen Manai
 

Required Texts:

1. The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East by Neil MacFarquhar. Paperback, 400 pages. (9781586488116)

2. The New Middle East and What Everyone Needs to Know by James L. Gelvin (9780190653989)

3. A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS by Robert Worth. Paperback, 272 pages. (9780374536794)
And/or Chronicle of A Last Summer – A Novel of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi. Paperback, 192 pages. (9780770437312)

4. The Arab Winter: A Tragedy by Noah Feldman. Hardcover, 216 pages. (9780691194929)

5. The Ardent Swarm, by Yamen Manai. Hardcover, 204 pages. (9781542020473) (Pre-order, will ship after February 1, 2021)

 

Heba F. El-Shazli is an Egyptian-American and an avid lover and reader of literature from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She is an assistant professor of political science at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Master’s Degree Program at the Center for Democracy and Civil Society. Heba teaches courses on governments and politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Islam and politics, international relations, and the role of civil society and social movements in democratization. She has a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG) with a specialization in Governance and International Affairs from Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Georgetown University. She was the Director of MENA programs at the Solidarity Center (2004-2011) and the Deputy MENA Regional Director at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) from 2001 until 2004. From 1987-2000; she served in various posts in the American labor movement’s international programs in Central and Eastern Europe and in the Middle East starting in 1994. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (www.cfr.org) 

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781586488116
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 23rd, 2010

The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Knowr Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780190653989
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - November 1st, 2017

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ISBN: 9780374536794
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 18th, 2017

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Published: Tim Duggan Books - June 13th, 2017

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ISBN: 9780691194929
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Published: Princeton University Press - May 12th, 2020

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By Yamen Manai, Lara Vergnaud (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781542020473
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Published: Amazon Crossing - February 1st, 2021