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Arab revolutions. Elements for overcoming an Orientalist interpretation

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Two years have passed since the sacrifice of young Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia. The revolutionary process that has totally changed the Arab world is still ongoing in different ways in the countries concerned. In the following essay, I will analyze this process and focus on the main characteristics that have defined these revolutionary events from the outset. Starting with a careful consideration of a new methodology for analyzing contemporary history (the history of present time), this essay draws a conceptual analysis of the Orientalist myth of the apathy of the Arab (and Islamic) people and their ineptitude in achieving freedom.

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