North Africa, West Asia

Help us rename Arab Awakening!

Do you have any ideas for an alternative name? Let us know what you think! We are collecting suggestions and will announce the new name soon!

21 December 2016
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Arab Awakening has been a name that provoked many debates among readers, but also within openDemocracy, and on the website itself.

Both terms ‘Arab’ and ‘Awakening’ can be problematic, especially for a page that covers a region with a large diversity of languages, ethnicities, and peoples, and one that has a long history of political and social movements.

This is why, though it is long overdue, Arab Awakening is changing its name. We are looking to make this a process that involves you, our dear readers as well as the editors, and the participants in the Middle East Forum.

As part of the Middle East Forum, we help a discussion with the participants about what this name means to them, and what alternatives they would have in mind. This discussions led to a number of great ideas and suggestions, and we would like to invite you to add your own positions, suggestions, criticism and arguments in the comment section.

Do you have any ideas for an alternative name? Let us know what you think! We are collecting suggestions and will announce the new name soon!

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