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New Book Examines Impact of Arab Spring on North African Countries

A new research conducted by the Centre for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) tackles the impact of Arab Spring on Maghreb countries, seven years after the revolution in Tunisia sparked revolts across the Arab world. 

Jointly published by Oxford University Press and Hurst, Social Currents in North Africa: Culture and Governance after the Arab Spring, covers a wide range of issues, from the political implications of Sufism and Salafism in the Maghreb, to cultural conservation, Jewish-heritage tourism, and normalisation debates in Morocco and Tunisia. The study tracks the subtle but evolving changes in North African countries, focusing particularly on the social phenomena unfolding in the Maghreb today.

The book offers insights into post-Arab Spring governance and today’s social and political trends in North African countries. Edited by Osama Abi Mershed, associate professor of history at Georgetown University, the book is a study of common historical, cultural, and socio-economic foundations, which allows for greater understanding of domestic developments from both single-country and comparative perspectives.

After the dust has settled on the Arab uprisings, optimism has faded to cynicism as ongoing conflicts continue to rage in many parts of the Arab world. This book explains why the ongoing transition in Maghreb countries has been different.

More information about the book available at

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