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“Feiler’s combination of journalism, commentary and self-discovery tells the reader volumes about humankind.”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Abraham
In GENERATON FREEDOM: The Middle East Uprisings and the Remaking of the Modern World Bruce Feiler, one of America’s foremost commentators on religion and the Middle East, returns with a fascinating exploration of the unprecedented, youth-driven revolutions trans-forming the region. At a time when the world is asking how the Arab Spring and the death of Osama bin Laden will reshape our times, Bruce Feiler, bestselling author of Walking the Bible and Abraham, offers a vivid behind-the-scenes portrait of history in the making. He marches with the daring young organizers in Liberation Square, confronts the head of the Muslim Brotherhood, and witnesses the dramatic rebuilding of a church at exactly the moment sectarian violence threatens the peaceful movement. Drawing on fifteen years of travels across the region, from Egypt to Israel, Iraq to Iran, Feiler brings his unprecedented experience to the most pressing questions: how the rise of freedom will affect terrorism; Middle East peace; and relations among Jews, Christians, and Muslims worldwide.
On January 25, 2011, history was made when young activists Ahmed Maher, a 30-year-old engineer who cofounded the “April 6 Movement,” and Wael Ghonim, a Google marketing executive, harnessed their knowledge of digital media and together called for a “day of revolution” over Facebook. The call was answered by tens of thousands of demonstrators who flooded the city of Cairo in the name of freedom. Eighteen days later, Hosni Mubarak, the man the protestors called “the modern-day Pharaoh” stepped down from power.
One billion Muslins around the world are under 30 years old.
That’s 1 in 7 human beings alive today.
Feiler characterizes them as plentiful, plugged in, proactive.
These events quickly became the signature event in the “Arab Spring,” the region-wide movement for change that quickly spread to 20 countries across the Middle East. In GENERATION FREEDOM, Feiler gives a compelling, first-hand account of this generational change and sizes up its impact on America and the world. He walks the very squares, streets, and bridges where the uprisings occurred. He speaks face-to-face with young people who were arrested, tortured, tear-gassed, and attacked by camels.
Using his unparalleled knowledge of religion and the history of the Abrahamic faiths, Feiler explores the unprecedented cooperation that developed among rival religious groups and gauges the long-term consequences on relations among Muslims and non-Muslims. “Whatever else comes out of the Middle East uprisings,” Feiler writes, “they have forever shown that Islam is compatible with the deepest yearnings for human freedom. The Clash of Civilizations has given way to the Convergence of Civilizations.”
Eloquent and thoughtful, GENERATION FREEDOM offers a hopeful vision of how this unrivaled upheaval will transform the world. It’s a call to action to Americans and the West to embrace this moment of change.