Arab Millennials

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Juan Cole, University of Michigan history professor, blogger, columnist, and the author of The New Arabs: How the Wired and Global Youth of the Middle East Is Transforming It (Simon & Schuster, 2014) talks about the role of youth in the Arab Spring. 


Juan Cole

Comments [6]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Odd that Egypt is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, yet it only recently began to experiment with democracy.

Jul. 01 2014 01:37 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Juan Cole and Dr. Strangelove - Separated at Birth.

Jul. 01 2014 01:34 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I don't know how much you can attribute things like opposing hereditary dictatorships to age. This sounds as much like stereotyping to me as the things we heard on the previous segment.

And 1 of the things I appreciated most in the news about the Tahrir Square demonstrations was that the young people organizing them went door-to-door to reach people of older generations & those w/less financial means/education, & less access to social media, to turn them out for the protests too.

I haven't heard anything till now about what's happened to people like Wael Gonim & Nawal Saadawi (prominent Egyptian feminist in her 80s!) since the army took over. I'd like to hear more about them & others. Remember "The army & the people are one" & "Salmia, salmia!"?

Jul. 01 2014 11:38 AM
Joyce from NYC

I am bothered by commentators who do not think mythologically / symbolically.

- In the West, the idea is that the moral center is in the heart of each individual (Huck Finn says, “All right, then, I’ll go to Hell,” as he helps Jim escape.

- In the Middle East, there is a creator who left instructions in a book. The point is to follow those instructions.

Kids can be Millennials, can go abroad to school, can have smart phones, but obedience to the creator, SUBMISSION, is the core value.

Jul. 01 2014 11:38 AM
Maggie from brooklyn

I'm confused by Mr. Cole's analysis. The reason the young people didn't partake in elections is not because they're too young; it's because the military took total control of the process and started persecuting them. Also, that Westernized educated elite is not broadly accepted in Egypt. There is a serious culture clash. Please get people from the region to comment!

Jul. 01 2014 11:35 AM
Babus from Bayonne

Please take him of the radio...

Jul. 01 2014 11:22 AM

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