Europe’s view of the revolutions in the Arab world is bedevilled by archaic, post-colonial attitudes. If we cannot shed these and continue to think only of material gain, argues Franco Rizzi, we shall remain on the sidelines and watch the Arab awakening turn into a twilight of renewed discontent.
Franco Rizzi is full professor of Europe and Mediterranean History at the University of Roma Tre. Co-founder and editor of the political and cultural journal Rive (published in Italian, French and English) from 1995 to 1997 . Among his recent publications: Un Mediterraneo di conflitti (Rome 2004); Rive. Incontri tra le civiltà del Mediterraneo, edited by, (Lecce 2007); LâIslam giudica lâOccidente (Lecce 2009).