Islam, Media, and the Arab Spring “and their affairs shall be discussed among them” (وَأمَْرُھُمْ شُورَىٰ بیَْنھَُم)

M. Bassam Halaweh, Arabic, Hawthorne Health Sciences

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


In this curriculum unit, 9-12th grade Arabic language students will be introduced to an overview of democracy. The unit will contain discussion topics about Islam and democracy, and the role that Islam and the media played in the Arab Spring. The Islamic position on democracy, its influence on the daily lives of Muslims, and the rationale for why Islam cannot be ignored in the process of democratization or a sudden change to a democratic system in the Arab countries are addressed. The unit further delves into the recent historic event called the Arab Spring, the socioeconomic and political factors that created the uprising, the failure of the movement in most Arab countries, and the ensuing mass scale emigration and surge in nationalism that impacts the global society. The traditional media and social media played essential roles in delivering, organizing, and facilitating the Arab Spring by creating a platform for the political protesters to interact and coordinate their uprising against totalitarian regimes.