Dispatches from the Arab Spring

Understanding the New Middle East

Vijay Prashad, Paul Amar

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It is time to rethink how we understand the Arab world.

Dispatches from the Arab Spring offers modes of analysis inspired by the methodology of revolt. It provides a comprehensive reintroduction to the entire region, not just those countries and spectacles that most captivated the media. The book collects writings by some of the world's most respected intellectuals who have turned their attention to the region. They are deeply aware of the national and local dynamics, schooled in the world of detail — where the devil lurks but so does hope.

Dispatches from the Arab Spring lays out a tentative map for the future, hewed of a comparative agenda for introducing the region to students, the public, and researchers, for tracking new actors, structural economic formations, and political possibilities. A truly global history that examines the prospects of a worldwide power shift from North to South.

Paul Amar

PAUL AMAR is associate professor in the Global and International Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Vijay Prashad

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian and journalist. Prashad is the author of forty books, including Washington Bullets, Red Star Over the Third World, The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World and The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South. He is the Chief Correspondent for Globetrotter and editor at LeftWord Books. He has appeared in two films – Shadow World (2016) and Two Meetings (2017).


The in-depth analyses . . . not only make the region come alive but also inspire thought-provoking notions about other countries, including our own . . . Though disparate, the different essays . . . can be read like a dramatic piece with fast-developing situations. They culminate into a synthesis that may be tragic but is not without its ray of hope. . . . [T]hought-provoking and absorbing . . . [The book is] a tale of man's dreams of a better life, his aspirations, frustrations and his innate instinct to raise his voice against oppressive regimes.

The Telegraph