Religion and Revolt
It started with the self-immolation of a street vendor in Tunisia last December.
Within weeks, President Ben Ali was ousted and the spark was spreading to Egypt and across the Middle East.
The protests have been fuelled by poverty, exclusion and corruption, and spread by social media.
The countries affected are predominantly Muslim countries, but where has religion been in these events?
What part has it played in the uprisings, and how might it affect the new order?
To discuss these questions, Ritula Shah is joined by a panel of experts.
Dr Maha Azzam is from the Middle East programme at Chatham House; Madawi al-Rasheed is Professor of Anthropology of Religion at King's College London; and Dr George Joffé is from the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge.
Photograph: Muslim and Coptic Christian protesting together in Cairo