The social movements of the MENA area (Middle East and North Africa), at the origin of the riots occurred during the so-called “Arab Spring”, inaugurated a period of epochal changes, characterized by instability and uncertainty about future political, economic and social balances of the region. The dream of emancipation, dignity and freedom of rebel peoples has soon turned into bloody guerrilla wars in Syria and Libya and it is still threatened by the return of military and religious autocracies in Egypt and Tunisia. This extremely complex situation definitely requires in-depth analysis and interpretations of the social, political and cultural ongoing processes.
The book presents a series of reflections on some crucial points of discussion about the process of democratization in Arabian countries. By examining issues related to political Islam and democracy, social movements and public space, minorities and women, these essays offer the opportunity to grasp the complexities of current issues that characterize the relationship between political and religious sphere in the southern Mediterranean.PDF format