A Spring Aborted: How Authoritarianism Violates Women's Rights in the Arab World

Yusuf Sidani
American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Product Details
09 Oct 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
208 pages - 129 x 198mm
Emerald Points
The Arab Spring uprisings were not about gender; these were uprisings demanding rights for all. Yet, they presented a rare opportunity for women to let themselves be heard. And, from being some of the most memorable and lasting leaders of these revolutionary protests, female activists were particularly targeted by many regimes.  

In A Spring Aborted: How Authoritarianism Violates Women's Rights in the Arab World, leadership expert Yusuf Sidani tracks the contributions of female activists, the reasons for the Arab Spring, and the abuse these leaders suffered. Including analysis of protests across Sudan, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and Tunisia, Sidani looks at the aims of the protests, and the impact, evaluating whether the changes brought about were deep enough to disrupt governance structures. 

Finally, Sidani explores how the Arab Spring has been hijacked. From deep divisions among the allies who shaped the Arab Spring, to sheer force and brutality, Sidani analyses the causes of the Spring's disintegration.
1. Women of the Arab Spring 
2. Why the Arab Spring? 
3. Women, Honor, and Sexual Violence 
4. Feminism and the Arab Spring 
Conclusion: Final Words - "Arab Spring" or "Arab Autumn"?
Yusuf Sidani, PhD, is Professor of Leadership and Business Ethics at the Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon where he still resides. He writes on business ethics, gender and diversity, and employee values and behaviors with special attention to the Middle East. He is the author of Muslim Women at Work: Religious Discourses in Arab Society and Business Ethics in the Middle East.

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