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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745321690

ISBN-13: 9780745321691

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745321691
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
11/20/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ghada Talhami

PART ONE
THEMATIC SECTION

Introduction: Major Themes of the Book

1. The Scope and Limitation of Post-1967 Arab Intellectual History
2. Contemporary Arab Intellectual Trends
3. Secularism and its Hazards: The Recent Debate in the Arab World
4. Contemporary Arab Views of Secularism
5. Formation of Contemporary Identities: Nationalism and Islamism in Contemporary Arab Thought
6. Traditional Values, Social Change and the Contemporary Arab Personality
7. Globalization: A Contemporary Islamic Response?
8. Contemporary Arab View of Globalization

PART TWO
THINKERS’ SECTION

1. Rashid Ghannoushi [of Tunisia] and the Questions of Shari’ah and Civil Society
2. Muslim Self-Criticism in Contemporary Arab Thought:
The Case of Shaykh Muhammad al-Ghazali (1916-1996)
3. Islam and Muslims in Crisis
4. Toward a Critical Arab Reason: The Contributions of Muhammad ‘Abid al-Jabiri
5. Critical Arab Reason
6. Costantine Zurayk and the Search for Arab Nationalism
7. Mahdi ‘Amil and the Unfinished Project of Arab Marxism
8. Abdallah Laroui: From Objective Marxism to Liberal Etatism

Conclusions
Bibliography
Index

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