Contentious Politics in the Middle East

Popular Resistance and Marginalized Activism beyond the Arab Uprisings

  • Editors
  • Fawaz A. Gerges

Part of the Middle East Today book series (MIET)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Contextualizing the Arab Spring Uprisings: Different Regimes, Different Revolutions, and Different Trajectories

  3. Rethinking Contentious Politics: History and Theory

  4. Internationalization of Contentious Politics

  5. Collective Identities, Minorities, and the Politics of Contention

  6. Contentious Politics: Embracing the Margins

  7. Resisting Neoliberalism

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 553-566

About this book


While the Arab people took center stage in the Arab Spring protests, academic studies have focused more on structural factors to understand the limitations of these popular uprisings. This book analyzes the role and complexities of popular agency in the Arab Spring through the framework of contentious politics and social movement theory.


Contentious Politics Middle East contentious actors activism margins popular uprisings Arab Spring revolts protests opposition protests groups popular participation civil society citizenship social movements Social Movement theories national regional international military Collective action conflict Engagement Institution Israel neoliberalism participation politics Protest Protests revolution Social Movement Social movements

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