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Long considered overwhelmingly resilient, Arab authoritarian regimes havebegun to fall in surprising manner. While the future of governance in thesecountries is unclear, the new Arab movements, largely secular and youthful, reveal a vital and ambitious new Arab generation. For these youth, radicalIslam has lost its seductive appeal and religion is being marginalized.Women now are far more visibly active in societies long bound by tradition.The participants in the new movements prefer peaceful means, but areprepared to fight if necessary to change the future. They are motivated bya new global awareness from the internet and the means provided by Facebookand other new media to quickly build massive, powerful movements.Khosrokavar's compares the different countries shaken by the protestmovements and he contextualizes of the demands and claims of the determined, democratically minded participants. He also looks beyond the Arab world toshow how the Arab revolutions are leaving a deep imprint on countries likeIran, where unsuccessful democratic movements began months before Tunisiaand Egypt.The new revolutions change the geo-politics of the region and shed light onnew dynamics in which the citizen's dignity takes precedence over religion, community or even regional issues like pan-Arabism. The movements revealthe true democratic spirit of this new Arab generation which is largelyunsympathetic to the aims of Jihadi terrorist actions. Looking to thefuture, Khosrokavar discusses how the new movements may change the world.
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