New Publication: Liberalism in the Arab world: Just a good idea?
Liberal publications play an important role in the educative programs of the Regional Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF). Over the past years, the series "Liberal Texts" and "Democratic Transitions" published by Cairo-based Mahrousa Publishers have found positive feedback among many readers in Egypt and other parts of the Arab world.
In the latest volume titled Liberalism in the Arab world: Just a Good Idea?, parting Regional Director Dr. Ronald Meinardus joins political friends and partners for a review and analyses of the state of liberalism in this part of the world.
The 180-pages volume contains original texts from liberal leaders from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Europe. As regional and international networking and coalition building has been a focal point of the Foundation in the past years, this issue is given large space in the book.
Why this title, you may ask. The answer is given in the preface:
"All of the authors, for sure, agree that liberalism is a good idea. They agree that the Arab world would be in a better state if liberal principles would be respected and applied. However, we are far away from this state of affairs today. For the moment, in most parts of this region, liberalism remains just an idea, a concept – and not a reality. It is up to the freedom loving people to change that."