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Review 'Here, [Jamshidi] profiles some of the ?most inspiring? of?new civic entrepreneurial groups, focusing her discussion on groups in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria, and basing her profiles primarily on first-hand interviews with members of the groups. She has organized the material into three sections: civic entrepreneurship in politics and society, civic entrepreneurship in art and culture, and civic entrepreneurship in technology startups.' --Reference & Research Book News, December 2013 'Contrary to the media reports, the Arab revolutions have not failed, and this book demonstrates why. By focusing on the grassroots, Maryam Jamshidi illustrates how countless organizations are keeping the Arab Spring alive. Her book is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the reasons to be hopeful about the future of this troubled region.' --Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Zealot 'A fascinating and forward-looking book that stresses the positive aspects of the Arab Spring, emphasizing the extraordinary mobilization and cooperative effort of the youth as the instigators of the revolutions and their continuous participation in a movement of civic entrepreneurship that is expanding rather than contracting in the post-revolution period.' --Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Read more About the Author Maryam Jamshidi is the founder of Muftah.org, a digital magazine focusing on domestic and international issues confronting countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Maryam received a Bachelor?s degree in Political Science from Brown University, a Master?s degree in Political Theory from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Specializing in the legal issues pertaining to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, domestic Iranian politics, and international criminal law and transitional justice as they relate to the region, she recently completed five months of travel in the areas affected by the Arab Spring. Read more

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