On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Arab revolutions, a pleiad of writers, artists, intellectuals and journalists offer stories, testimonies, drawings and multiple reflections on this sequence and its consequences, up to These days. They also question more widely the idea of revolution in the Arab world and the words of the revolution.
Launched in January 2020 in co-edition with Le Seuil, the “Araborama” collection aims to decipher the Arab worlds and better understand them in their vitality, their inventiveness and their plurality.
The Arab World Institute (IMA) is thus publishing this 2nd volume “Once upon a time there were the Arab revolutions”, which captures the Arab revolutions, their long history, their words, from multiple points of view.
It is a question of reading this sequence of ten years, with its highlights, its tragic victories and failures, its repercussions, its aftershocks. It is a question of hearing and understanding its words and its slogans (“dignity”, “liberates”, “down with the system”, “the people”, etc.), but also to look back on a long history of the revolution. in the Arab world, we say.
Analyzes, testimonies, literary texts, interviews, surveys and illustrations, both feminine and masculine, historians, philosophers, writers, journalists, activists, artists and creators, builders of the Arab world, all deliver, with great freedom of tone and in a very stimulating variety of registers, their readings of Arab worlds in revolution.
Introducing the book, Bertrand Badie underlines: “ We thus find the revolution at the very center of history and imagination specific to the Arab world, both as a component of thought and as a vector of action. The first was built in a relationship to the other, external, made of borrowings, sometimes fascination, and also rejection. Due to its location, its history and its situation as a cultural crossroads, the Arab area has been a very privileged place for the development of a composite revolutionary thought, the effervescence of protest ideas coming from multiple places ”.
” We will not be surprised that, in a context of globalization, it becomes a privileged space for revolutionary production and that the “Arab Spring” has very quickly gained this status of laboratory of ideas and forums for renewed mobilization.“, He adds.