A comprehensive research conducted by SocialEyez gathered vital insights from the world of Arabic and Non-Arabic social networks on the key political and socio-economic trends that are currently shaping the Middle East.
The region is witnessing an awakening in the Arab consciousness that has manifested in colossal waves of protests that are changing region’s political and social landscape.
With a strong spiritual culture that has laid the foundation of a society that inspires benevolence among the people who shape the identity of the land; the protests were initially peaceful and demanded changes that could bring more freedoms, reforms and political changes to improve the quality of life of the common man.
The Arab world as most of us understand has two social dimensions – the Kingdoms or Monarchies and the Republics. The Arab Kingdoms take pride in their huge economic capabilities while the Arab Republics with comparatively humble economic capabilities offer people a similar set of political and social-economic conditions.
So the region has much in common when it comes to deal with issues like: freedom of press, socio-economic parity within the general public.
Social media that translates the ‘power of networks’ into the ‘power of influence’, has offered the common man, especially the youth with freedom of speech that helped them create communities that shared a common vision and mission to bring change.
It is a new age that we have entered in the Middle East – an age that is about to define the meaning of freedom and unity. As the people march into this new dimension of awakened consciousness, there are discoveries to be made, lessons to be learnt and a rich heritage that is to be preserved with integrity.
The report presented by News Group International, unfurls this new dimension with insights from the Arab world that is discussing how these waves will drench them with a new understanding about their rights as world citizens.
From Tunisia to Egypt and rest of the countries in the region the journey has been tumultuous. As we put together all the pieces of the jigsaw spread in the world of social media, we find an interesting mix of elements that have determined the recent uprisings.
With Arab republics that saw no regime change in the recent decades, people started seeking answers to questions that emerged when they found that their voices were unheard and rights trampled under the oppressive leadership of dictators.
The people found that such regimes nurtured a culture of prejudice, to divide and rule within their societies. So they raised the flag through protests that demanded equality for all the sections of the society and freedom to change reforms that touched their lives.
Governments were toppled when they failed to effectively respond to these calls. While in the Arab kingdoms, the Rulers continue to retain an environment of solidarity by listening to their people and making feasible changes to make their world better. The people who protested in these monarchies welcomed the initiatives taken by their rulers but continued to stay put on what they felt needs to be done in the coming times.
Religious influence worked as a ‘bond of coherence’ within the community of protestors who still believe in respecting their Ruler. Islamic scholars played a role of key influencers in this unified alignment of beliefs that aims to sustain a culture that promotes stability and togetherness.
However, differences in opinion that persistently emerge from the desert of social prejudice between the Shiites and the Sunnis continue to hamper any progress towards Arab Unity which many feel is still an elusive dream.
And the Great Awakening
The new age has arrived and the region is left with no choice but to adapt to this awakened Arab world which is social, vocal and influential. But freedom comes with responsibility and the new governments that represent the voices of the people need to understand their role to moderate and manage their identity in this democratic world of social media.
The awakening has to evolve into an awareness that will ultimately bring a realisation of political, social and economic responsibilities. Arab governments have to not only guard but enable their societies in defining the interests of the society.
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