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Book Review:

The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolution

Written By: Marwan Bishara

Lilia Gomez

INTL 5000 (Fall Semester)

The book that I am reviewing is titled The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolution. It is written by a well-known political analyst named Marwan Bishara. Mr. Bishara works for the Al Jeezera (the primary news channel for the Arab world) as a Senior Political Analyst. The book is in the perspective of an Arab and not by someone within the Western media/culture. He writes about the Arab revolutions and the history behind it. Mr. Bishara debunks several thoughts of how the Arab revolutions started and how the media (both Arabic and Western) have played a major role within these causes.

Mr. Bishara’ book is self-described as an essay in which he reflects on the history of the revolutions up until present and how social media and the Arab youth population played a part. He credits the youth of being able to over throw decade old customs, governments, and regimes. In addition, he describes the rise of many positive organizations that formed because of the revolutions such as women’s groups, sports teams, and a higher employment rate. Although he praises the rise of these types of organizations, Mr. Bishara faults the lack of organization and commitment to principles as the basis of what is wrong with many Islamic groups.

Throughout the book, Mr. Bishara calls the Arab movements as revolutions and never mentioning it as what we have defined as the Arab Spring. The term "Arab Spring" was coined after the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003. There is no true definition of what the Arab Spring truly means, however, many define it as being the start of protests in…...

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