Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Your Teachers' Tool Kit for your lesson on the Arab Spring

Here's all the materials you will need to teach your lesson on the Arab Spring.

The Arab Spring movement began in Tunisia in 2010.

The movement was sparked when 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi set himself ablaze as a protest against government repression.  That action resulted in widespread protests and unrest, until the country's president was forced to resign.  The actions in Tunisia inspired other pro-democracy movements throughout the Arab world.

This video (2:21) serves as a good introduction to the Arab Spring reform movements.
NPR's report on the one-year anniversary of Bouazizi's death is located here, and you can see the Guardian's terrific interactive timeline here.

A recent report in the online Cipher Brief provides historical context to the Arab Spring movements.  That article concludes that the once-promising movement for reform and democracy has all but failed, except for in Tunisia, the nation in which this all began.  The report summarizes the history of the Arab Spring Movement generally, then focuses on developments since it began in five Arab nations.  Noting the rise of Islamic State terrorism and the resulting refugee crisis, the author concludes her report by discussing current steps being taken to bring stability to the region.

1 comment:

Kerrie Hollihan said...

Hi Jeff.

This looks like a good plan. I'd like to add a couple of things based on my research for REPORTING UNDER FIRE, my book on women war reporters across the 20th century. I profiled Robin Wright (yes...there's another one...), a veteran reporter for many papers and magazines and now an authority on the Middle East. She is very up to date on life among young women and men in the Middle East. I included a passage from her article "The Pink Hijab" that appeared in the WILSON QUARTERLY in Summer 2011. The story featured a young woman who wears the hijab in order to effect social change in her culture.

Check out her websites http://www.usip.org/experts/robin-wright There's a link to a New Yorker article she wrote about the Arab Spring.

I think you can also probably find my book online via your local library. Your students and fellow teacher might find it useful.