Middle East Unrest: Nationalism or Something Else?

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The scene in Cairo on Tuesday, January 25 as thousands of protesters took to the streets The scene in Cairo on Tuesday, January 25 as thousands of protesters took to the streets. (The Facebook page, "We are all Khaled Said")

Nationalist sentiment has played a pivotal role in uprisings throughout history, from eastern Europe to the United States to Africa. In the Arab world, nationalism has played less of a role. Attempts at a pan-Arab movement fell apart while nationalism evolved over the years into Islamism. But recent uprisings in the Middle East aren't springing entirely from any of the three. So, which "ism" is inspiring revolution in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and the Gulf? Aviel Roshwald is a professor of history at Georgetown University.

Guests:

Aviel Roshwald

Produced by:

Noel King

Comments [1]

Ed from Larchmont

This came on all of a sudden, out of nowhere. So it looks like the Holy Spirit on the march in the Middle East, like it was here in the 60s.

Mar. 02 2011 08:18 AM

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