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This book provides a useful backgrounder on the historical and socio political context which led to the apparently spontaneous Tunisian revolution of 2010 11 to succeed on so many fronts Through research and interviews, Masri, a Jordanian Palestinians, insightfully demonstrates that the Tunisian revolution most certainly did not come out of the blue.Although the prose still was too upbeat, like an American feel good documentary or bio flick, it is generally a good read.While I share Masri s wonderment and admiration for the Tunisian experiment, I disagree with this classification of Tunisia as an Arab anomaly In fact, his regional comparison is perhaps the relatively weakest part of the book He pulls his punches somewhat when it comes to criticising the Jordanian regime, and I feel his understanding of the situation in Egypt is somewhat incomplete, though he is absolutely right in his assertion that the greatest barrier to reform is the military.Although Tunisia is certainly the most secular of Arab countries as far as I am aware , Egypt and some other Arab states is secular than he gives it credit for As I ve argued before, this secularisation has been concealed and distorted and veiled by the growth of conspicuous religosity and piety.Masri dedicates little space to what I regard as a vital issue the global economic inequalities that are likely to undermine the Tunisian experiment He also doesn t dedicate much space to the troubling phenomenon of widespread disillusionment and despondency that is so prevalent here, and the bizarre nostalgia for the Ben Ali years that so many entertain This myth making is potentially dangerous for Tunisia s future.Here s to hoping that Tunisia can crack the economic riddle like it has done with the political and social ones. Tunisia stands out as an anomaly of the Arab Spring, avoiding the pitfalls of renewed tyranny, violent uprisings by radical sects, or descent in the chaos of civil war Instead it has forged a unique path in the region, installing a relatively stable democracy Safwan Masri set out to explain the reasons for Tunisia s success in this book.Masri argues that Tunisia s developments since the mid 19th century, particularly an emphasis on education, paved the way for a progressive society that, while finding a common identity in Islamic and Arabic culture, was able to incorporate a great deal of western and secular thought Masri makes sure to include the history of the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Berbers, Arabs, Ottomans, and French in relation to Tunisa, and the dynamics by which these states impacted the development of a Tunisian identity The bulk of the book focuses on Tunisia from the 19th century onward The various scholars, monarchs, politicians, and labor unions all had their roles to play In particular, Masri argues that education played the development of modern Tunisia Education makes frequent appearances throughout the book and is the focus of the last three chapters While education does quite often occupy the front seat, Masri does cover a vast array of topics and characters in Tunisian history Women s rights, labor unions, colonial institutions, civic participation, and comparisons with other Arab and Islamic states make the book very well rounded.There are only a couple complaints I have with the book The largest is that it is in an odd order, using the first few chapters to describe the Jasmine Revolution, bringing up figures whose roles are not made clear until chapters later Then it goes through the entire history of Tunisia before coming back to modern events Also, the couple decades of Ben Ali s rule are largely glossed over, other than education reform.All in all, the book is well worth the read It is a detailed study of a country that is rarely brought up on the world stage, and deserves attention than it recieves. An essential read for anyone interested in Tunisia, the Arab Spring, and the Arab World, broadly.Divided into three parts, the book begins with a careful examination of the precipitating factors that led to Tunisia s 2011 revolution, followed by a detailed account of the revolution as it unfolded and an overview of the accomplishments and challenges Tunisia has faced since Masri navigates complex post revolution political dynamics with finesse, an accomplishment that reflects a high level of scholarship and analysis found throughout the book In the preface, Masri notes that the book is based on hundreds of hours of interviews, primary source research, and personal lived experience This shines through I was particularly fascinated by Masri s deconstruction of post colonial nation building in the Middle East and North Africa His examines how domestic social policies, especially in regards to education and religion, played a critical and lasting role in the development of Arab and Turkish states He gives a lot of credit, for better or worse, to leadership Nasser, Bourguiba, Attaturk, etc but also examines how broader regional and global trends had domestic implications Cold War rivalries, Nasserism, Pan Arabism, and Islamism Through all of this, Masri shows how Tunisia strode a different path.An impressive feat of scholarship, the book broadened my understanding of historic and current dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa Credit must be given to Masri s writing style and personal voice, which made the book not only informative but easy and enjoyable to read Highly recommend I picked this up before my trip earlier this year to Tunisia Well worth the read Ever since the Roman capital of Carthage in North Africa, a seed was planted in TunisaTunisia is an Arab anomaly It is the most progressive Islamic country in the Arab world Islam had its golden age of enlightenment, but where did it go Where did that age of enlightenment go, besides getting lost into the religion of Islam.Maybe it is just sitting dormant for the next age like Mohammad who was the last prophet to replace to ChristThe Arab Spring started in Tunisia in 2011 From the fruit seller who lit himself on fire after the repeated police harassment in the country, to the death of Gaddafi in Libya, to the fall of Mubarak in Egypt and to the ongoing civil war against Assad in Syria The Arab was watching the fire ignite in Tunisia as it spread across North Africa and into the Middle East3 things have shaped Tunisia to become this outlier in the Muslim world 1 its determination to educate the public with education beyond the religious mudrassas2 its freedom of women s rights Tunisia legalized abortion 2 years before its occupier France 3 its ability to remove Sharia Law from its ConstitutionMy time was so much better in Tunisia after reading the countries history, where it came from, what it did to get where it is today and the challenges it faces as it continues into the futureRecommended A MUST READ HISTORICAL THRILLER In his book, Safwan Masri, enlightens the reader to the mesmerizing historical, social, cultural and ideological foundations of Tunisia which allowed it to transition to democracy in contrast to other Arab countries which failed As a woman, I was especially fascinated to learn of this country s crucial realization of the empowerment of women through education, health care and in the work place as essential to achieving this success Equipped with a superb foundation of the fundamentals of democracy from Masri s work, one can t help but ponder the provocative parallels to current events in our own country which could threaten this process The grace of the author s writing is that he synthesizes complex issues into terms that can be understood by either the scholar or the layman Tunisia, An Arab Anomaly, is a work of vital importance especially in today s world which reads like a page turning thriller I absolutely loved it M Lafiteau When asked about the revolts in France probably those of 1968 than 1789 , Zhou En Lai said that it was probably too early to say how it has effected Western civilization the same is true of the notional grouping of those countries who were fundamentally shaken by the events of the Arab Spring Masri attempts to describe how Tunisia has emerged from this period as a full, fledgling democracy while others are yet to arrive at this step writing a deeply subjective essay to examine a country he obviously cares deeply about.His central thesis, that Tunisia s Franco centric educational system gave the people the intellectual tools to challenge and debate Ben Ali s regime, is tricky at best While post colonial Algeria sought to cleave the French influence from their educational system, Morocco took a moderate approach Tunisia s rich history grants it a different national narrative to the countries of the gulf but not so much in comparison to the other countries of the Maghreb.Overall, Masri s work offers an interesting perspective on how much Tunisia as achieved but does not quite explain Tunisia s unique identity. The Arab Spring Began And Ended With Tunisia In A Region Beset By Brutal Repression, Humanitarian Disasters, And Civil War, Tunisia S Jasmine Revolution Alone Gave Way To A Peaceful Transition To A Functioning Democracy Within Four Short Years, Tunisians Passed A Progressive Constitution, Held Fair Parliamentary Elections, And Ushered In The Country S First Ever Democratically Elected President But Did Tunisia Simply Avoid The Misfortunes That Befell Its Neighbors, Or Were There Particular Features That Set The Country Apart And Made It A Special Case In Tunisia An Arab Anomaly, Safwan M Masri Explores The Factors That Have Shaped The Country S Exceptional Experience He Traces Tunisia S History Of Reform In The Realms Of Education, Religion, And Women S Rights, Arguing That The Seeds For Today S Relatively Liberal And Democratic Society Were Planted As Far Back As The Middle Of The Nineteenth Century Masri Argues That Tunisia Stands Out Not As A Model That Can Be Replicated In Other Arab Countries, But Rather As An Anomaly, As Its History Of Reformism Set It On A Separate Trajectory From The Rest Of The Region The Narrative Explores Notions Of Identity, The Relationship Between Islam And Society, And The Hegemonic Role Of Religion In Shaping Educational, Social, And Political Agendas Across The Arab Region Based On Interviews With Dozens Of Experts, Leaders, Activists, And Ordinary Citizens, And A Synthesis Of A Rich Body Of Knowledge, Masri Provides A Sensitive, Often Personal, Account That Is Critical For Understanding Not Only Tunisia But Also The Broader Arab World [Epub] ↠ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space Author Muriel Dimen – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Humanitarian Disasters [KINDLE] ❆ Insight and Interpretation ❤ Roy Schafer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk And Civil War [Reading] ➶ Good People in an Evil Time By Svetlana Broz – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Tunisia S Jasmine Revolution Alone Gave Way To A Peaceful Transition To A Functioning Democracy Within Four Short Years !!> EPUB ✽ On a Day Like This ✸ Author Peter Stamm – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Tunisians Passed A Progressive Constitution Download ☆ Heart to Start By Derek Handley – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Held Fair Parliamentary Elections !!> BOOKS ✯ Light without Fire ⚡ Author Scott Korb – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk And Ushered In The Country S First Ever Democratically Elected President But Did Tunisia Simply Avoid The Misfortunes That Befell Its Neighbors !!> Ebook ➥ Secrecy ➦ Author Rupert Thomson – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Or Were There Particular Features That Set The Country Apart And Made It A Special Case In Tunisia An Arab Anomaly !!> KINDLE ➛ The Silence and the Roar ❥ Author Nihad Sirees – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Safwan M Masri Explores The Factors That Have Shaped The Country S Exceptional Experience He Traces Tunisia S History Of Reform In The Realms Of Education [ PDF / Epub ] ★ Hard Country Author Robin Robilliard – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Religion [Ebook] The Whale Rider By Witi Ihimaera – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk And Women S Rights [PDF / Epub] ★ The Impossible David Lynch ✈ Todd McGowan – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Arguing That The Seeds For Today S Relatively Liberal And Democratic Society Were Planted As Far Back As The Middle Of The Nineteenth Century Masri Argues That Tunisia Stands Out Not As A Model That Can Be Replicated In Other Arab Countries Epub ➞ The Colour Encyclopedia Of Incredible Aeroplanes Author Philip J. Jarrett – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk But Rather As An Anomaly !!> Reading ➸ Tooth Sleuth, Mystery of the Missing Tooth (Shirley Lock Mysteries ➰ Author Mia Woolfe – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk As Its History Of Reformism Set It On A Separate Trajectory From The Rest Of The Region The Narrative Explores Notions Of Identity ☁ Juno Of Taris PDF / Epub ✎ Author Fleur Beale – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk The Relationship Between Islam And Society Free ↠ The Faithful Scribe By Shahan Mufti – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk And The Hegemonic Role Of Religion In Shaping Educational !!> Reading ➽ Off the Tourist Trail ➶ Author DK Publishing – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Social [PDF / Epub] ✅ One Ball of Yarn By DK Publishing – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk And Political Agendas Across The Arab Region Based On Interviews With Dozens Of Experts [Download] ✤ Optical Illusions ➺ DK Publishing – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Leaders [Epub] ↠ One Million Things Author DK Publishing – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Activists PDF ✪ Instruments of Darkness (Crowther and Westerman Author Imogen Robertson – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk And Ordinary Citizens [[ Reading ]] ➾ The Initiation of Pb500 (Pb500, Author Kyle Stone – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk And A Synthesis Of A Rich Body Of Knowledge [PDF] ↠ Bewitched Author Jayde Scott – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Masri Provides A Sensitive ❤ Mark of the Lion pdf ⚣ Author Kenneth Sandford – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Often Personal [Reading] ➷ DK Pocket Eyewitness Insects By DK Publishing – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Account That Is Critical For Understanding Not Only Tunisia But Also The Broader Arab World This book is wildly insightful It steps through every major difference between Tunisia and the rest of the Arab world, showing how democracy has succeeded in Tunisia and failed everywhere else While it points in the direction of long term success for Tunisia, it also makes a strong case why pretty much every other country in the Middle East will only pull out of their current doldrums through long term efforts that will likely require the better part of a century The only criticism I have is that the middle part of the book drags with too much detail Otherwise, this is one of the important books I have read in the past decade. Tapping into his Arab upbringing and American education and career, Professor Masri provides a nuanced account of how Tunisia has, so far, succeeded in emerging from the so called Arab Spring triumphant, while other Arab states have not.For those who witnessed, remember or know how the history of modern Tunisia unfolded, this book connects the dots between different events, past and present, in a way that contextualizes Tunisia s path to success in a thought provoking way.If this is your first foray into Tunisia, there is no better place to start.