Arab Youth: Disruptive Generation of the Twenty-first Century?

Linda Herrera, Abdel-Rahman Mansour

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This chapter examines Arab youth from within the historic backdrop of the Arab uprisings that engulfed more than half of the Arab states. Millions of people, the overwhelming majority of them born between the 1980s and 2000s, took to streets, schools, and social media, with demands for change. Within a short period, they were met with counterrevolutions, and a period of instability. Among the questions posed for contemplation at this historical juncture are: are the youth who crystallized into the generation of the uprisings causing a disruption to the prevailing order, and if so, in what direction? What are the active and passive strategies young people are pursuing to unsettle the status quo and for what kind of alternative order? We address these questions through a focus on two areas: education and schooling; and virtual communities.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Middle-Eastern and North African History
EditorsAmal Ghazal, Jens Hanssen
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199672530
StatePublished - Nov 12 2015


  • Arab uprisings
  • youth movements
  • generation
  • critical education
  • technology and education
  • social media
  • Middle East


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