The African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring: A Season of Rebirth?

TitleThe African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring: A Season of Rebirth?
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsVilla-Vicencio, Charles, Erik Doxtader, and Ebrahim Moosa
Number of Pages225
PublisherGeorgetown University Press
CityWashington, DC

The African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring addresses the often unspoken connection between the powerful call for a political-cultural renaissance that emerged with the end of South African apartheid and the popular revolts of 2011 that dramatically remade the landscape in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. Looking between southern and northern Africa, the transcontinental line from Cape to Cairo that for so long supported colonialism, its chapters explore the deep roots of these two decisive events and demonstrate how they are linked by shared opposition to legacies of political, economic, and cultural subjugation. As they work from African, Islamic, and Western perspectives, the book's contributors shed important light on a continent's difficult history and undertake a critical conversation about whether and how the desire for radical change holds the possibility of a new beginning for Africa, a beginning that may well reshape the contours of global affairs. [publisher]

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