(Amman, Jordan – November 20, 2017) – Readers Bookshop recently hosted a book signing event to celebrate the release of the latest book by Professor Safwan M. Masri, Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly. The event was held at Readers’ Seventh Circle, Cozmo Centre location on Saturday, November 18, and was attended by members of the public, local media, and social media influencers.
During the event, Professor Masri – a leading academic from Columbia University in the United States – talked about the journey of researching and writing his new book. The critically acclaimed book – which includes a foreword by Lisa Anderson, a political scientist and former President of the American University in Cairo – discusses the events surrounding and following the Arab Spring, highlighting the ways in which Tunisia managed to avoid the misfortunes that befell its neighbours, and how the country was able to transition peacefully into a democratic and progressive state. In addition to leveraging his own expertise as an academic, Masri interviewed and spoke with many experts, leaders, and activists from across the Arab world, gaining rich insights and well-rounded perspectives on Tunisia’s unique democratic transition.
Professor Safwan M. Masri is the Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University. As the first Jordanian to ever hold this position, Masri directs and oversees Columbia’s global initiatives and centers worldwide, including in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, and Tunisia. Professor Masri first joined the Columbia faculty in 1988, and was appointed to the role of Vice Dean of Columbia Business School in 1993 – a position he held for 13 years. He is currently a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he focuses on the contemporary geopolitics and society of the Arab world, with an emphasis on understanding the historical, post-colonial dynamics of the region in terms of religion, education, society, and politics. Professor Masri holds a PhD from Stanford University.
Commenting on the event, Jumana Sharbin, the General Manager of Readers Bookshop, expressed her pride at being able to host such an esteemed academic author. Sharbin highlighted the fact that Readers is always keen to enrich the minds of its customers, not only by offering them a wide selection of Arabic and English books across countless topics and areas of interest, but also by hosting events such as this one, which allow local readers to engage directly and meaningfully with their favourite authors and thinkers.
Also commenting on the occasion, Professor Masri said, “I would like to thank Readers Bookshop for hosting this event, and for its continuous support of academic publications across different fields. This event has provided me with a great opportunity to meet local readers and take them through the stages of my journey of writing this book. I hope this book will provide readers across the region with a richer, more comprehensive understanding of the events that preceded and followed the Arab Spring.”
Since opening in 2007, Readers has established itself as the leading bookshop in the Kingdom. With two branches – located at Cozmo Centre, at Seventh Circle, and TAJ Lifestyle, in Abdoun – Readers offers its customers an extensive collection of books, covering the largest array of titles and genres, all carefully curated to inspire avid book lovers and new readers alike.