The Arab Spring

2011 was an amazing time of revolution, protest and civil unrest. Here are some useful links and resources for students of Arabic and Arab world studies on this historic period and cultural phenomenon.

Please note this list is in progress. Do comment below if you’d like to recommend any resources or websites. Thanks!


Maps & data visualisation

* Fantastic interactive timeline from the Guardian

* Arabic Awakening maps illustrating demographic statistics for North Africa and the Middle East, including student populations, illiteracy, internet usage, oil production (Le Monde Diplomatique English edition)

Cartoons & jokes

* Violent exit – Libya (by Richard and Slavomir Svitalsky)

* Gaddafi versus democracy (by Jan-Erik Ander)

* Interview with cartoonist Sherif Arafa, and some examples of his work. Before the revolution, his depictions of Mubarak were disguised in portrayals of a generic despot, but since the revolution he has dared to portray the recognisable face of the former president.

* The Egyptian Street  (by Fadi Abou Hassan)

* Imminent Migration – as North Africa is aflame with revolution (by Arcadio Esquivel)

* Egypt cries (by Farhad Foroutanian)

* Making fun of Pharaoh (Foreign Policy magazine)

Video & audio

* Syrian Revolution protest songs

Egypt revolution

* I am Jan 25 media library: absolutely loads of pictures and videos of the protests

* I am Tahrir facebook page: artwork of the revolution, uploaded by Facebook users. See especially We Are All Khaled Said tag word cloud and words from the mission statement of the 6 April Movement

* US TV documentary Frontline (PBS channel) excerpt Revolution in Cairo (full programme only available online in the US)

* We are all Khaled Said website: the original site that kickstarted the Egypt protests. There is also this parallel Facebook version.


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