National Seminar on The Arab Spring:

Perspectives of the Popular uprisings in the Arab World

Organized by Department of Arabic, University College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Sponsored by Directorate of Collegiate Education, Government of Kerala
On 27 March, 2012, at Centenary Hall, University College
Inauguration & Release of Research Journal: Majalla al-Asima, Vol 3
Sri. P. K. Abdul Rabb, Hon'ble Minister for Education, Govt. of Kerala

Theme of the Seminar

The Arab Spring is a revolutionary wave of protests occurring in the Arab World. To date, rulers have been forced from power in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen; civil uprisings have erupted in Bahrain and Syria, major protests have broken out in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco and Oman. It was sparked by the first protests that occurred in Tunisia on 18 December 2010 following Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in protest of corruption and ill treatment. As of March 2012, governments have been overthrown in four countries. Tunisian President Zein El Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on 14 January 2011 following the Tunisian Jasmine Revolution protests. In Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak resigned on 11 February 2011 after 18 days of massive protests in Tahrir Square, ending his 30-year presidency. The Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown on 23 August 2011. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed the GCC power-transfer deal on 27 February 2012. Protests have been continuing in Syria, since January 2011, demanding the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. During this period of regional unrest, several leaders announced their intentions to step down at the end of their current terms. The protests have shared techniques of civil resistance in sustained campaigns involving strikes, demonstrations, rallies, as well as the use of social media like Face book, Twitter and YouTube to organize, communicate, and raise awareness in the face of state attempts at repression and Internet censorship. Many demonstrations have met violent responses from authorities, as well as from pro-government militias and counter-demonstrators.
The geopolitical implications of the protests have drawn global attention, including the suggestion that some protesters may be nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Tawakel Karman from Yemen was one of the three laureates of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize as a prominent leader in the Arab Spring. In December 2011, Time magazine named "The Protester" its “Person of the Year”. The Occupy Wall Street Movement, which started in the United States and has since spread to Asia and Europe, drew direct inspiration from the Arab Spring.
The Department of Arabic, University College, is organizing a National Seminar on “The Arab Spring: Perspectives of the Popular uprisings in the Arab World” on 27 March, 2012 at Centenary Hall, University College, Thiruvananthapuram. The Seminar is interdisciplinary in nature and can be described as a maiden attempt among the academic circles.
Programme :  Tuesday, 27 March, 2012
Registration                             : 09.00 AM
Morning Session                      : 09.30 a.m. 01.00  p.m.
Chair                            : Prof. K. B. Ajitha Kumar, Principal, University College
Welcome                      : Dr. M. Sainudeen, Vice Principal & HoD Arabic, University College
Inauguration & Research Journal Release 
                                   : Sri. P. K. Abdul Rabb, Hon'ble Minister for Education, Govt. of Kerala
Theme Presentation     : Prof. Nainan Koshi
Paper Presentations      :
  • The Arab Spring and the Political Developments in the Arab World
           Dr. K. Jamaludeen Farooki, Department of Arabic, WMO College, Wayanadu
  • Tunisia: The Jasmine Revolution
          Dr. M. A. Lal, Research Officer, Kerala State Higher Education Council
  • Egypt: Tahrir Square & The January 25th Revolution
          Prof. Ashraf A. Kadakkal, Department of Islamic Studies, University of Kerala
  • Yemen: The Arab Spring Experience
          Prof. A. Sameer, Department of Political Science, University College
After Noon Session              : 02.00 p.m. 03.30 p.m.
Chair                                     : Dr. E. Abdul Latheef, Department of Arabic, University College
  • Gulf Countries: The Shi’ite Uprisings
          Prof. U. P. Yahya Khan, Department of Arabic, Maharajas College, Ernakulam
  • Syria: Road to Civil Rights and Democratic State
         Prof. A. Shajeer, Department of Islamic History, University College
         Dr. E. Abdul Majeed, Department of Arabic, Maharajas College, Ernakulam
  • Reflections of the Arab Spring in Arab Cinema
         Prof. A. Muhamed Sha, Department of Arabic, PTM Government College, 
  • Influence of Electronic Media & Internet in the Arab Spring
          Dr. K. Jabir, Department of Arabic, Maharajas College, Ernakulam
Valedictory Session             : 03.30 p.m 04-30 p.m.
Chair                            : Dr. S. Zeenath Beevi, Department of Arabic, University College
Welcome                       : Dr. K. Mohammed Ali Askar,Department of Arabic, University College
Valedictory Address    :
1. Dr. A. Nizarudeen, Professor & Head, Department of Arabic,University of Kerala.
2. Dr. N. Illyas Kutty:  Former HoD of Arabic, University College.
3. Dr. A. Ubaid: Professor, Department of Arabic, University of Kerala
4. Dr. P. Mohammed Kunju:  President, University College Arabic Society
5. Sri. P. R. Pradeep : Chairman, College Union

6. Dr. M. S. Moulawi, Former Arabic Special Officer, Kerala

7.  Dr. S. Rajendran, HoD Tamil, University College

Vote of Thanks               : Dr. N. Shamnad, Department of Arabic, University College


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