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The Arab Spring and Islamic Legal Thought

At the end of 2010 there was siries of political crises in the Arab world and this period came to be known as "the Arab Spring'". Islam has played its significant role in these events. In certain countries overthowing the existing regimes resulted in Islamic governments coming to power. A number of aspects of the Arab Spring attracted the attention of contemporary Islamic legal thought. Its different schools diverge in the assessment of the mass protests. Islamic jurisprudence explains the "fiqh of revolution" which justifies the demonstrations and protests against the regime from a Sharia-based pount of view.