Uprising in Tahrir Square
Uprising in Tahrir Square is designed as an engaging contemporary resource for advanced Arabic learners. It immerses language students in the monumental events that unfolded in Cairo, Egypt during the mass youth uprisings of January 2011. Before toppling President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule in February 2011, the Egyptian youth movement had captivated the world and transmitted its message of anger, hope, and change to a global audience. The world watched as more than a million protestors gathered to press for reform, democracy and regime change.
Uprising in Tahrir Square places students of Arabic at the epicenter of these real-life events through a simulated journal project and writing exchange. Students become authors in their own right as they invent personas and speak through the voices of diverse characters who all reside in the vicinity of Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Writing in first-person narrative, students’ journal entries bear witness to the early days of the nascent uprising, through its surprisingly rapid conclusion with Mubarak’s resignation, and the uncertainty of what Egypt’s future may bring. Not only do the invented characters grapple with the uprising’s tragedies and triumphs through their own perspectives, but they also interact with a cast of invented neighbors, using contemporary technology tools, creative drama activities and other approaches. The book’s units trace the actual sequence of the Cairo uprising and intersperse fictional scenarios – providing both historical background and interpretive content.
The structure of Uprising in Tahrir Square supports learning on multiple levels. Students deepen their understanding of the cultural, political and social contexts for Egyptian youth’s historic uprisings, while developing essential Arabic skills. The book’s activities and array of resources are carefully designed to promote listening and reading comprehension, vocabulary development, critical thinking and interpretation, research, peer collaboration, creative writing, and oral language fluency. Students apply essential skills by using the Arabic language in a vital, authentic context. Uprising in Tahrir Square is designed as a springboard for further discussion and study of this compelling time in history.
Published: May 1, 2019
|Dedication and Acknowledgements||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|About the Author||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|Author’s Note||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|Note to Teachers||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|Note to Students||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|Create Your Character||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|Useful Information||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|The Revolution Begins||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|Internet Blackout||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|A Friday Unlike Any Other||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|A Knock on the Door||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|The Tanks Roll into Cairo||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|Caught in the Chaos||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|"The Battle of the Camel"||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|Women Speak Out||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|Brotherhood and Solidarity||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|Power to the People!||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|After the Fall of Mubarak’s Regime||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|Character Reflections||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|Guided Reflection||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|List of Web and Video Resources||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|Vocabulary Master List||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|Appendix A||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|Appendix B||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
|Appendix C||Abdelkader Berrahmoun|
A truly fresh approach to the learning of Arabic at the advanced levels.
Christopher Stone, Associate Professor of Arabic and Head of Arabic Program, Hunter College of the City University of New York
A welcome addition to the current canon of study aids in the area of teaching Arabic as a foreign language.
Ahmad Atef Ahmad, Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara