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Part 4 The Fragile Basis of Democracy and Development, 4.1 The Anatomy of the Arab Spring (2011–2015)

M. Cherif Bassiouni

From: Constitutionalism, Human Rights, and Islam after the Arab Spring

Rainer Grote, Tilmann J. Röder

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 13 August 2020

In the Book of Ecclesiastes, it is recounted that “to everything there is a season”, noting that in every season there is “a time to break down, and a time to build up”.1 The same may be said of the “Arab Spring”, which was a season for breaking down repressive governments and attempting to build up new systems to realize the long-repressed needs and desires of the peoples of the Arab-Muslim states, namely: freedom, justice, and dignity.2 These were the themes heard throughout the Arab world. Implicit in them was democracy, but understood as a means to achieve...
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