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Noah Feldman is Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow of the Society of Fellows. These remarks were delivered on October 8, 2013 as part of the Dallah Albaraka Lectures on Islamic Law and Civilization.


The topic I would like to address is the trajectory of events in what has come to be known as the Arab Spring. My title—The Fall of the Arab Spring—is deliberately ambiguous as between two di≠erent meanings. In one sense, the optimism of spring has turned to the realism, and perhaps pessimism, of autumn. In another sense, the Arab Spring is in danger of having fallen, and thus my title self-consciously parallels the title of a book I wrote called

The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State


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