Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Youth and Revolution in the Changing Middle East, 1908-2014

Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Youth and Revolution in the Changing Middle East, 1908-2014

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erlich, Haggai. Youth and Revolution in the Changing Middle East, 1908-2014. Boulder, Co: Lynne rienner Publishers, 2015. 340 pages. Cloth $69.95

This book presents an account of the modern history of the Middle East region arguing that it has been "an ongoing crisis of identity, a crisis that even today complicates the ways in which Islamic and Arab societies perceive and deal with themselves and with the individual in them" (p. ix). The book's account sheds light on the role of youth in recent upheavals in the region.

The book's account begins in the first chapter, "The Birth of 'Youth' in the Middle East," with defining the "modern era" and its emergence in the region arguing that Islamic identity was hegemonic. The second phase was shaped by the emergence of the modern nationalist movements (Egyptian, Turkish, Arab, and Persian). The following chapters discuss the post-World War I formation of countries in the Middle East. It was the age of revolutionary secular Arabism, which reached its peak in the 1950s and 1960s. This period witnessed the renaissance of various shades of political Islam.

Using this account as a general background, the book investigates in depth two cultural and social dimensions that accompanied changes in the region's politics and identity. The first dimension is the history of higher education and its modern institutions. The author argues that higher education moved from a traditional Islamic higher education system to the introduction of the Western concepts of knowledge and education and finally to what the author characterizes as turbulent realities of the early twenty-first century. The second dimension is the contribution that has been made by students to the various processes of changing eras. …

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