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Youth and Revolution in the Changing Middle East, 1908–2014

Haggai Erlich
Youth and Revolution in the Changing Middle East, 1908–2014
ISBN: 978-1-62637-171-2
2015/339 pages/LC: 2014038972
"An athletic feat of scholarship. Its combination of a remarkable spatio-temporal comprehensiveness with a clear and distinct analytical voice and topical interest, as well as far-reaching conclusions, are testament to the author's clarity of vision and long career in the field." —William Ryle-Hodges, Journal of Islamic Studies

"This well-researched book has great value, contributing to our knowledge on key topics."—Hilal Khashan, Middle East Quarterly

"This book is good, refreshingly free of bias.... Highly recommended."—Choice

"A concise, well-organized survey of the development of youth movements in the Arab countries, Turkey, and Iran."—Nancy Gallagher, Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online


Though there is much discussion of the role of youth in recent upheavals in the Middle East, there are few serious analyses of just what that role has been. Haggai Erlich sheds important light on this topic, focusing on the activism of educated young people in creating revolutionary change and the part played by higher education in shaping new generations of youth.

Moving from the nineteenth century to the present, Erlich considers why and how these successive generations ignited protest movements, undermined existing systems—and sometimes paved the way for a new order that ultimately excluded them. The result is both an intriguing look at recent history and a contribution to our understanding of the Middle East today.


Haggai Erlich is professor emeritus of Middle East and African history at Tel Aviv University.


  • The Birth of "Youth" in the Middle East.
  • The Long Nineteenth Century: From Higher Education to National Identities.
  • The Generation of 1919 and the Spirit of the 1920s.
  • The Generation of Pan-Arabism.
  • The Education Revolution and the Return of Islam.
  • The Legacies of Islam in Today's Universities.
  • The Long Road to the Arab Spring.
  • The Cases of Turkey and Iran.
  • Whither the Generation of 2011?