Political Theory

Liberty in the Post-Revolutionary Arab World


The Arab Spring uprisings sparked changes in the Middle East and North Africa. This colloquium explored how the forces the Arab Spring set in motion can be channeled in a direction that will support free markets and individual liberty.


Conference Readings

Acton, John Emerich Edward Dalberg. Selected Writings of Lord Acton, Volume I: Essays in the History of Liberty. Edited by J. Rufus Fears. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1985.

Ahmad, Imad-ad-Dean, “Islam, Commerce, and Business Ethics” In Business and Religion: A Clash of Civilizations?, edited by Nicholas Capaldi, 200-214. Salem: M & M Scrivener Press, 2005.

Akyol, Mustafa. Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2011.

al-Suwaydi, Tawfiq. My Memoirs: Half a Century of the History of Iraq and the Arab Cause. Translated by Nancy Roberts. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2013.

Black, Anthony. “Islamic and Western Political Thought: Does History have any Lesson?” Khazar Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (2011): 5-12.

Buchanan, James M. The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan, Volume 7, The Limits of Liberty––Between Anarchy and Leviathan. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2000.

Celestino, Mauricio Rivera and Kristian Skrede Gleditsch. “Fresh Carnations or All Thorn, no Rose? Nonviolent Campaigns and Transitions in Autocracies.” Journal of Peace Research 50, no. 3 (Special Issue May 2013): 385-400.

El Fadl, Kaled Abou, Tariq Ali, Milton Viorst, John Esposito, et al. The Place of Tolerance in Islam. Edited by Joshua Cohen and Ian Lague. Boston: Beacon Press Books, 2002.

Fradkin, Hillel, “Epilogue: Does Democracy Need Religion?” In World Religions and Democracy, edited by Larry Diamond, Marc F. Plattner, and Philip J. Costopoulos, 245-252. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

Gerges, Fawaz A. “The Islamist Moment: From Islamic State to Civil Islam?” Political Science Quarterly 128, no. 3 (November 2013): 389-426.

Guehenno, Jean-Marie. “The Arab Spring Is 2011, Not 1989.” The New York Times (April 21 2011): 1-3.

Hamdy, Sherine F. “Strength and Vulnerability after Egypt’s Arab Spring Uprisings.” American Ethnologist 39, no. 1 (2012): 43-48.

Kuran, Timur. The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011.

Saeed, Abdullah. “The Islamic Case for Religious Liberty.” First Things (November 2011): 1-9.

Sahin, Bican. “Toleration, Political Liberalism, and Peaceful Coexistence in the Muslim World.” The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 24, no. 1 (2006): 1-24.

Way, Lucan. “The Lessons of 1989.” Journal of Democracy 22, no. 4 (October 2011): 17-27.