The Arab World: Society, Culture, and State / Edition 1

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Overview


This wide-ranging examination of Arab society and culture offers a unique opportunity to know the Arab world from an Arab point of view. Halim Barakat, an expatriate Syrian who is both scholar and novelist, emphasizes the dynamic changes and diverse patterns that have characterized the Middle East since the mid-nineteenth century.

The Arab world is not one shaped by Islam, nor one simply explained by reference to the sectarian conflicts of a "mosaic" society. Instead, Barakat reveals a society that is highly complex, with many and various contending polarities. It is a society in a state of becoming and change, one whose social contradictions are at the root of the struggle to transcend dehumanizing conditions. Arguing from a perspective that is both radical and critical, Barakat is committed to the improvement of human conditions in the Arab world.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This scholarly work by sometime novelist Barakat (sociology, Georgetown Univ.) is a thorough, theoretical, yet practical analysis of Arab society. Barakat views the Arab world as a dynamic, evolving whole, containing immense diversity but still potentially cohesive and strong, provided the current pervasive alienation of its people can be overcome. Given the unwillingness of Arab regimes to truly reform their societies, Barakat sees only two options for the future of the Arab people: traditional religious (reactionary) vision or progressive secular vision. This book provides the Western reader with a wealth of historic and contemporary information, and is especially welcome because it presents an Arab view. It is not an easy book to absorb; it is well written but complex and can be dry and redundant at times. Still, this is a valuable addition to the body of works on the Arab world written in English by Arab scholars and will be a useful reference/textbook for Arab studies and comparative sociology courses. Recommended for academic libraries and others with large collections on the Middle East. --Ruth K. Baacke, Bellingham P.L., Wash
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520084278
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/14/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 725,120
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Halim Barakat is Research Professor at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and author of Lebanon in Strife (1979). His several novels in Arabic are widely read in the Middle East. Two novels, Days of Dust and Six Days (1983 and 1990), have been translated into English.
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