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Artists, Writers and The Arab Spring

  • Analyzes major literary works of Middle Eastern artists and their political context

  • Explores the relation between arts and politics in the Middle East and North African region

  • Actively engages with recent scholarship in the Arab Middle Eastern studies


Part of the Middle East Today book series (MIET)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Riad Ismat
    Pages 1-15
  3. The Pioneers of Social Justice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Riad Ismat
      Pages 39-44
    3. Riad Ismat
      Pages 45-51
    4. Riad Ismat
      Pages 53-57
  4. Rebellious Fiction Writers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Riad Ismat
      Pages 61-72
  5. Drama of Revolt

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Riad Ismat
      Pages 105-109
    3. Riad Ismat
      Pages 111-121
    4. Riad Ismat
      Pages 137-145
    5. Riad Ismat
      Pages 147-158
    6. Riad Ismat
      Pages 159-167
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 169-175

About this book


The book aims to explore the foresight of prominent Middle Eastern authors and artists who anticipated the Arab Spring, which resulted in demands for change in the repressive and corrupted regimes. Eventually, it led to cracking down on the protests with excessive force, which caused tremendous human suffering, destruction, and also escalation of extreme insurgency. The author analyzes major literary and artistic works from Egypt, Syria and Tunisia, and their political context. This monograph will be helpful to scholars and students in the growing field of Middle Eastern and North African Studies and everyone who is interested in the politics of MENA.


Artists and Arab Spring Writers and Arab Spring Naguib Mahfouz Tawfiq al-Hakim Zakaria Tamer Yusuf Idris Ghada Samman Youssef Chahine Nawal el-Saadawi Nizar Qabbani Salah Abdel Sabour Mamdouh Adwan Muhammad al-Maghout Alfred Farag Sa'dallah Wannous Mahmoud Diyab Halim Barakat Gamal el-Ghitani Fawaz Haddad

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Buffett Institute for Global StudiesNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

About the authors

Riad Ismat is Adjunct Professor of Radio, Television, and Film and a former Research Scholar at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, Northwestern University, USA. He is the author of many creative and criticism books in Arabic, and served as Syria’s Minister of Culture.

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