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THE JOURNEY TO THE ARAB SPRING: THE IDEOLOGICAL ROOTS OF THE MIDDLE EAST UPHEAVAL IN ARAB LIBERAL THOUGHT(2.04.2015)

The Journey to the Arab Spring: The Ideological Roots of the Middle East Upheaval in Arab Liberal Thought

by David Govrin (London: Valentine Mitchell, 2014), 334 pagesReviewed by Nir Boms, Research Fellow, Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv UniversitySpring is always too short, it seems, yet it is always awaited. “Is the spring coming?” asks Robin, the locked child in Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.“What is it like?”“Well,” answers Mary, “it is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth.”Four years into the Arab Spring, we have indeed seen the sun shining on the rain, the rain falling on the sun, and much movement beneath the soil ...



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