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Contemporary Arab Thought: Studies in Post-1967 Arab Intellectual History / Edition 1
     

Contemporary Arab Thought: Studies in Post-1967 Arab Intellectual History / Edition 1

by Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi
 

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ISBN-10: 0745321690

ISBN-13: 2900745321690

Pub. Date: 11/20/2003

Publisher: Pluto Press

'Contemporary Arab Thought' is a complex term, encompassing a constellation of social, political, religious and ideological ideas that have evolved over the past two hundred years -- ideas that represent the leading positions of the social classes in modern and contemporary Arab societies. Distinguished Islamic scholar Ibrahim Abu-Rabi' addresses such questions as the

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'Contemporary Arab Thought' is a complex term, encompassing a constellation of social, political, religious and ideological ideas that have evolved over the past two hundred years -- ideas that represent the leading positions of the social classes in modern and contemporary Arab societies. Distinguished Islamic scholar Ibrahim Abu-Rabi' addresses such questions as the Shari'ah, human rights, civil society, secularism and globalization. This is complimented by a focused discussion on the writings of key Arab thinkers who represent established trends of thought in the Arab world, including Muhammad 'Abid al-Jabiri, Adallah Laroui, Muhammad al-Ghazali, Rashid al-Ghannoushi, Qutatnine Zurayk, Mahdi 'Amil and many others. Before 1967, some Arab countries launched hopeful programmes of modernisation. After the 1967 defeat with Israel, many of these hopes were dashed. This book retraces the Arab world's aborted modernity of recent decades. Abu-Rabi' explores the development of contemporary Arab thought against the historical background of the rise of modern Islamism, and the impact of the West on the modern Arab world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900745321690
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
11/20/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Forewordx
Prefacexiii
Introduction1
Part 1Themes
1The Scope and Limitation of Post-1967 Arab Thought43
2Contemporary Arab Intellectual Trends63
3Secularism and its Hazards: The Recent Debate in the Arab World93
4Contemporary Arab Philosophical Views of Secularism114
5Formation of Contemporary Identities: Nationalism and Islamism in Contemporary Arab Thought126
6Traditional Values, Social Change, and the Contemporary Arab Personality150
7Globalization: A Contemporary Islamic Response?164
8Contemporary Arab Thought and Globalization185
Part 2Thinkers
9Rashid al-Ghannushi and the Questions of Shari'ah and Civil Society203
10Muslim Self-Criticism in Contemporary Arab Thought: The Case of Shaykh Muhammad al-Ghazali223
11Islam and Muslims in Crisis242
12Towards a Critical Arab Reason: The Contributions of Muhammad 'Abid al-Jabiri256
13Towards Modern Arab Reason279
14Costantine Zurayk and the Search for Arab Nationalism296
15Mahdi 'Amil and the Unfinished Project of Arab Marxist Philosophy318
16Abdallah Laroui: From Objective Marxism to Liberal Etatism344
17Conclusions370
Notes375
Bibliography453
Index482

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