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Life as politics : how ordinary people change the Middle East

Author: Asef Bayat
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2010.
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In the popular imagination, the Muslim Middle East is frozen in its own traditions and history - a land of mosques and minarets, veiled women, despotic regimes, and desert sand. But this assumption fails to recognize that social and political change comes in many guises. In this eye-opening book, Asef Bayat reveals how under the shadow of the authoritarian rule, religious moral authorities, and economic elites,  Read more...
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Bayat, Asef.
Life as politics.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2010
(DLC) 2009021941
(OCoLC)370387410
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Asef Bayat
ISBN: 9780804772839 0804772835
OCLC Number: 646068801
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 304 pages .)
Contents: Introduction : the art of presence --
Transforming the Arab Middle East : dissecting a manifesto --
Part 1: Social nonmovements. The quiet encroachment of the ordinary ; The poor and the perpetual pursuit of life chances ; Feminism of everyday life ; Reclaiming youthfulness ; The politics of fun --
Part 2: Street politics and the political street. A street named "revolution" ; Does radical Islam have an urban ecology? ; Everyday cosmopolitanism ; The "Arab street" ; Is there a future for Islamic revolutions? --
Part 3: Prospects. No silence, no violence: post-Islamist trajectory.
Responsibility: Asef Bayat.

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