Citizenship and Social Components in the Arab region Following the Arab Revolutions: A Completion of the Structure or a Change in Course?
Researcher and Director of the Arab Forum for Alternatives Think Tank
Chapter in a book: Citizenship and Social Components in the Arab region
Beirut Conference Papers (16-17 November 2015)
The book is co-authored by: Maha Yahya – Walid Haddouk – Georges Fahmi – Sabah Al Hallak – Saad Salloum – Fulya Atacan – Nouran Sayed Ahmed – Abbas Al-Murshid – Samir Morcos – Rustam Mahmoud – Youssef Laaraj
Publishers: Arab Forum for Alternatives and the Hivos Knowledge Program
The Arab revolutions began as a spontaneous popular movement towards democracy, citizenship, human rights and social justice for all citizens, without differentiation between them. They were caused by the grave violations of social, political and economic rights experienced by the citizens of these countries and many citizens were motivated to participate in the protests in order to reclaim their various violated rights. This is, in turn, closely linked to the concept of “citizenship” in a context where there exists disparate awareness and understanding among the participants in the revolutions of the link between these rights and the concept of citizenship. The people placed their hopes in the Arab revolutions in order to achieve a state based on citizenship in all of its dimensions.