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Revival of Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa: Egypt, Tunisia

Guide supporting the conference event of the same name - February 6, 2020

Egypt and Tunisia

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Understanding the Nature of Uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia


Asef Bayat, Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies at the Department of Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


The outbreak of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt created an unprecedented optimism about the future of democracy in the Arab world. But today, a strong sense of pessimism has surrounded the trajectory of these uprisings. Why did these revolutions experience such trajectories? The talk will focus on understanding the nature of these revolutions and beyond.


Asef Bayat, Revolution without Revolutionaries: Making Sense of the Arab Spring, Stanford University Press, 2017.