Arab Spring Dreams: The Next Generation Speaks Out for Freedom and Justice from North Africa to Iran

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Nasser Weddady, Sohrab Ahmari
St. Martin's Press, May 8, 2012 - Political Science - 256 pages
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From a gay man secretly mourning his lover's suicide in Morocco to a young woman denied schooling because of religious discrimination in Iran, Arab Spring Dreams spotlights some of the Middle East's most outspoken young dissidents. The essayists cover a wide range of experiences, including premarital sex, the lack of educational opportunities, teenage marriage, and the fight for political freedom. They also highlight how repressive laws and cultural mores snuff out liberty and stifle growth and consider how previous movements - particularly the American civil rights struggle - might be channeled to effect change in their own countries. Beautifully written and profoundly moving, these stories present a decisive call for change at a crucial point in the evolution of the Middle East.

 

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ARAB SPRING DREAMS: The Next Generation Speaks Out for Freedom and Justice from North Africa to Iran

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Law student Ahmari and Weddady, civil rights outreach director of the American Islamic Congress, present the "most compelling voices" from an essay competition they organized shortly after Lebanon's ... Read full review

Contents

A New Generation of Reformers Speaks Out
1
PART I TRAPPED
13
PART II UNEQUAL
87
PART III BREAKING THROUGH
137
Our Dream Deferred
205
Coeditors
225
Acknowledgments
227
Index
231
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Nasser Weddady is the Civil Rights Outreach Director of the American Islamic Congress. He helped design and administer the "Dream Deferred" essay contest, and has helped lead several high-profile campaigns to free imprisoned dissidents in North Africa, Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and beyond.

Sohrab Ahmari is an Iranian-American journalist. His columns, feature stories, and reviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, The New Republic, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others.

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