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Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World Kindle Edition
."..Wright is one of the most capable observers of the Middle East....her chronicles of counter-jihad, anti-militancy, and women's mobilization are a timely contribution."
"If there is such a thing as a pinnacle in the landscape of international journalism, Robin Wright surely stands atop it."
--"The New York Review of Books"
"Only Wright could have written "Dreams and Shadows "because only Wright has traveled so widely, interviewed such diverse leaders, and brought so much wisdom to analyzing the region's many-sided puzzles. This volume, full of mesmerizing detail and large truths, sets a new standard for scholarship on the modern Middle East."
--Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State""
"Robin Wright is well aware of the complexities, paradoxes and the seemingly insurmountable dilemmas facing the Middle East today. She reminds us that in facing these challenges we need not resort to military force and violence or resign ourselves to compromise with extremism and tyranny."
-- Azar Nafisi, author "Reading Lolita in Tehran"
"The best of all possible worlds: An old hand guides us through the changes in the post-9/11 Middle East, and is able to sort out in a sober, smart way what is really going on."
--Thomas Ricks, author "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq"
Praise for "Rock the Casbah"
"[Wright] provides invaluable context for what she rightly terms 'the epic convulsion across the Islamic world' by listening to voices we don't usually hear....Anyone seeking deeper understanding of the Arab Spring needs to read Wright's formidably well-informed book ....Wright's richly textured portrait of ancient cultures in the throes of wrenching but liberating transformation makes it quite clear that Muslims themselves will decide their future."
"-- Los Angeles Times"
Praise for Robin Wright's
"Dreams and Shadows"
"Wright has long been one of the best-informed American journalists covering the Middle East, and her reputation is born out here. . . . Her book will be essential reading for anybody who wants to know where it is heading."
--"The New York Times Book Review" --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B004INH9U4
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (19 July 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 2874 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,477,138 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I think the term "Arab Spring", coined perhaps by the West, was unfortunate as it implied that this would be a short term uprising and then democracy would prevail in the region. As Wright explains this is clearly not the case and makes clear that the region is going to undergo considerable upheaval for years to come. As for the standards of living and opportunities in these countries, it may take a generation or two, before any real change is seen. She compares this to the relative lack of change many black South Africans have experienced in their living standards since the end of Apartheid.
Wright has obviously had a lot more exposure to the Middle East, its people and Islam than most of us, however even though she refers to Saudi Arabia as a unpleasant and intolerant regime, I feel she perhaps underestimates the difficulty that Islam will have in adapting to modernity. Islamic fundamentalism isn't new and nor is intolerance. While Mohammed may have stated that "there should be no compulsion in religion" that was clearly lost on the rulers of Saudi Arabia, Iran, The Taliban and everywhere that Sharia law is used as a means of repression and control.
I was somewhat perturbed by the statement near the end of the book, "I am often surprised by how many people don't know that Muslims embrace Judaism and Christianity as a part of a single tradition". Well that in itself is not entirely true. Islam in fact claims that Mohammed was the last messenger and he was sent to correct the erroneous ways of Christians and Jews because they had failed to live up to the original message. The Koran contains some pretty unpleasant statements about Christians and particularly Jews as anyone who has read it will confirm.
Rock The Casbah is a very interesting and excellent read, all credit to Wright for making such a current analysis available literally while the story continues to unfold.
One wonders where the authors journalism was published or aired. Certainly not
on US mainstream media. This book sheds light on the burgeoning social revolution
within a multitude of countries ruled by "extractive elitist governance" (see
Why Nations Fail - Daron Acemoglu). That these countries are Islamic simply
reminds us that Muslims are people who want what all want: personal security,
education, unbiased rule of law.
Robin Wright is a gem, a widely acclaimed author with a worldwide appeal as a professional journalist. She visited over 20 countries in the region and interviewed key clerics and other notables. Her writing style made for interesting reading. She explains her idea of a "soft revolution" where "Hip-Hop" music, and other protest models, as new challenges, are used by young people to rant against the regimes of oppression and treachery. These ideas have not been revealed before as a tactic of dissent. Accordingly, change is slowly coming to the Middle East by way of the transplanted American genre of "rap".
This is an excellent book, filled with stories from native folks about their culture and how they are coping with the demands of their leaders, living in a "bubble" often without "free will".
Bruce E. McLeod, Jr.
Las Vegas, Nevada
6 September 2015