Rosalind Boyd PhD (28K)

Book Review of Marwan Bishara’s The Invisible Arab


Marwan Bishara. The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolution. New York: Nation Books, 2012. 258pp.

Every now and then I come across a book that I want to share with as many friends, colleagues and others in this troubled world as possible. This book, The Invisible Arab by Marwan Bishara is my current recommendation to readers of Labour, Capital and Society. It is a direct, engaging, well-informed book that provides in-depth background to the current Arab uprisings and illuminates with many insights the emergence of “historic transformations sweeping through the region”. Bishara asks the right questions in hisopening chapter “L’Ancien Régime”: “What went so wrong? How did the dream of liberation from colonialism turn into a nightmare for Arab states?”(p.23) and then takes us along the historical path to the current promises in the region.


Book review of Bishara