A new Middle East

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August 25, 2011
The Nation    
Posted in PND Commentary

"In July 1789, when news of the Paris disturbances reached him in Versailles, Louis XVI is said to have exclaimed to his trusted adviser, the Duke de Liancourt, 'Why, it is a revolt!' 'No, sire,' responded the duke. 'It is not a revolt. It is a revolution.' One could say the same about the cataclysmic events covered by this special issue of The Nation. The word perhaps most commonly used by those engaged directly in the Arab liberation struggle is revolution (thawra), but also frequently heard are uprising (intifada), renaissance (nahda) and awakening (sahwa), which we use on our cover and which echoes the title of the classic 1938 text on Arab nationalism by Lebanese scholar George Antonius." (08/23/11)


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