Rough Draft for my Proposal Paper

The Middle Eastern area of the world has been an area of conflict between many different countries, as well as many different groups of people. In the twentieth century we have seen uprisings in countries that have been predominantly led by groups of people who have felt dissatisfied with the job that their current government is doing, and they want to change that. Two main revolutions that were predominantly led by the people that will be analyzed in this research paper are the 1979 Iranian Revolution as well as the Modern Egyptian Revolutions. The main area that will be analyzed between these two revolutions is the use of social networking between the people involved in the uprisings. Through the intensive study of both primary and secondary source documents an understanding will be established on how many similarities and differences that there are in social networking between the two revolutions that only have a thirty-two year gap in between each other.
The usage of primary and secondary sources in this paper is extremely important because it allows for an outsider to understand exactly how these revolutions were started as well as carried out by the parties involved. The 1979 Iranian Revolution has had numerous books and articles written about it. Two critical sources about this revolution are Social Origins of the Iranian Revolution by Misagh Parsa and The Spirit of Allah: Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution. Social Origins of the Iranian Revolution provides and in-depth study of the social aspects of Iran leading up to, during, and after the Iranian Revolution. Through studying this secondary source an understanding can be created about the social aspect of the Iranian revolution, and how the revolution began and spread to the masses. The Spirit of Allah is another secondary source that was written about Ruhollah Khomeini and the role he played during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. This is a critical source on the topic because it provides the reader with information on how the predominant leader of the revolution gained power within Iran and how he gained support and followers to participate in the revolution. A primary source that would be very critical to this paper to gain a better understand of the techniques used in the 1979 Iranian Revolution, would be translated versions of the cassette tapes of Khomeini’s speeches that were passed along from person to person in Iran to help spark an uprising. Without this source this paper is still manageable because there are many other sources that have already studied these tapes and written about them, that will be fully utilized in this paper.
For the section of this paper analyzing the more recent Egyptian Revolutions, there are numerous primary sources and secondary sources that have and will be collected to gain a full understanding on this revolution. One very critical primary source that will be analyzed is the Facebook page that is contributed as one of the main sparks of the revolution; this is the Facebook page for We are all Khaled Said. This Facebook page provides all of the main supporters of Egyptian Revolution with a place to set up different protests and other events, and it is still in use today despite many efforts of the Egyptian government to shut it down. By analyzing this single webpage extensively, as well as the numerous sources that branch off of it, an extremely in-depth understanding of the social aspects of the Egyptian Revolution can be established. Another critical primary source webpage for analyzing the social networking aspect of the Egyptian Revolution, is the blog for the 6th April Movement. Although it has not been updated recently there are still many videos and blog posts that discuss the Egyptian Revolution and the different things that the people of Egypt can do to help support and participate in the movement. Both of these sources are very important to the analysis of the use of social networking because they are primary sources that physically demonstrate that main component of the Egyptian Revolution.
The 1979 Iranian Revolution and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution both have their key characteristic similarities and differences in what these revolutions set out to achieve and how they achieved it. One key aspect that they both had in common is the use of social networking between the supporters and participants of the revolution, and in this research paper an in-depth analysis will be made to understand how the different types of social networking played an important role in the creation and carrying out of these revolutions.

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