Sunday, January 30, 2011

Recommended Reading

Like many of us, I've been following the current popular uprising in Egypt with rapt fascination, wondering where and how the pieces will land when all is said and done.  Of course, the political unrest in that country can be traced, domino-like, to similar unrest a few weeks ago in Tunisia that saw the long-entrenched dictator Ben Ali deposed and exiled.  And that event, according to many, can be traced to an act of protest by a young man named Mohamed Bouazizi, who felt that immolating himself before a house of government was the only thing that would get his voice heard.  As he does so well, Hamza Yusuf Hanson examines the significance of this action, contrasting it with suicide attacks against innocent civilians, and also delves into what it potentially signifies for that region of the world, whether Tunisia, Egypt, or beyond.

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