• Imprint: Saqi Books
  • ISBN: 9780863569609
  • eISBN: 9780863569708
  • Published: August 2018
  • UK Price: £24.99
  • US Price: $35.00
  • Format: 153 x 234 mm (Royal)
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Extent: 400pp
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Coping With Uncertainty

Youth in the Middle East and North Africa

Edited by Jörg Gertel and Ralf Hexel

Seven years after the Arab uprisings, the social situation has deteriorated across the Middle East and North Africa. Political, economic and personal insecurities have expanded while income from oil declined and tourist revenues have collapsed due to political instability. Against a backdrop of escalating armed conflicts and disintegrating state structures, many have been forced from their homes, creating millions of internally displaced persons and refugees. Young people are often the ones hit hardest by the turmoil. How do they cope with these ongoing uncertainties, and what drives them to pursue their own dreams in spite of these hardships?

In this landmark volume, an international interdisciplinary team of researchers assess a survey of 9,000 sixteen- to thirty-year-olds from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen, resulting in the most comprehensive, in-depth study of young people in the MENA region to date. Given how rapidly events have moved in the Middle East and North Africa, the findings are in many regards unexpected.

About the Editor(s)

Jörg Gertel is Professor of Arabic Studies and Economic Geography at the University of Leipzig, Germany. Ralf Hexel is Director of the Department for the Near/Middle East and North Africa at the Friderich-Ebert-Stiftung.


‘This is a most useful contribution to the understanding of the upheaval that is shaking the Arab world, a diligent investigation whose value is enhanced by the dearth of reliable statistical sociological surveys of the region.’ Gilbert Achcar, SOAS University of London, author of The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising

‘Youth in the Middle East continue to figure prominently in both political dissent and economic deprivation. The surveys and analyses in this book provide some of the best sources to understand the status of Arab youth in the years after the Arab Spring.’ Asef Bayat, University of Illinois, author of Revolution without Revolutionaries: Making Sense of the Arab Spring

'A critically important and sophisticated study of youth in the Middle East following the Arab Spring, the global financial crisis, and recent waves of migration, war, and refugees. It is a must-read to understand how young people maintain their optimism and deeply-held values as they negotiate insecurity and precariousness.'
Diane Singerman, American University, Washington, DC