This book examines the links between civil society, religion and politics in the Middle East and North Africa region. The chapters in the volume explore the role of religion in shaping and changing the public sphere in regions that are developing and/or in conflict. They also discuss how these relations are reflected on civil society organizations and the role they are expected to play in transitional periods.

This volume:

  • investigates the conceptual dilemmas regarding what is ‘civil society’ in the Arab world today
  • examines the dynamic roles of civil society organizations and religion in the Middle East and North Africa
  • explores the future of the Arab civil society post-‘Arab Spring’ events, and how the latter continues to reshape the demand for democracy in the region.

A comprehensive study of how the Arab civil society has come into being and its changing roles, this eclectic work will be of interest to scholars and researchers of politics, especially political Islam, international relations, Middle East Studies, African Studies, sociology and social anthropology.

chapter |17 pages


Changing role of civil society in the Arab world
ByHaddad Tania, Elie Al Hindy

part I|76 pages

Sacred/Non-Secular Perspectives on Civil Society and Politics in the Arab World

chapter 2|19 pages

Civil Society and Non-Profit Governance in the Arab World

ByTania Haddad, Yara Zalzal

chapter 3|18 pages

Rethinking Arab Civil Society

Arab Revolutions and reconceptualization of civil society
ByZaid Eyadat

chapter 4|18 pages

The Changing Role of Arab Civil Society

Between fundamentalism and civic activism
ByElie Al Hindy

part II|91 pages

Significant Case Studies

chapter 5|22 pages

Trapped in a Vicious Circle?

Why Egyptian civil society failed to capitalize on the revolution
ByMoustafa Khalil

chapter 6|9 pages

Civil Society and Political Transition

The cases of Tunisia and Libya
ByElie Abouaoun

chapter 7|32 pages

Religion, Relief and Reform

The history of civil society in Lebanon
ByTania Haddad, Thomas W. Haase, Melissa Ajamian

chapter 8|26 pages

Constraints on Lebanese Nongovernmental Organizations

A survey of the literature
ByMelissa Ajamian, Thomas W. Haase

chapter |4 pages


ByHaddad Tania, Elie Al Hindy