Neopatriarchy: A Theory of Distorted Change in Arab Society / Edition 1

Neopatriarchy: A Theory of Distorted Change in Arab Society / Edition 1

by Hisham Sharabi
     
 

Focusing on the region of the Arab world—comprising some two hundred million people and twenty-one sovereign states extending from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf—this book develops a theory of social change that demystifies the setbacks this region has experienced on the road to transformation. Professor Sharabi pinpoints economic, political, social,

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Focusing on the region of the Arab world—comprising some two hundred million people and twenty-one sovereign states extending from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf—this book develops a theory of social change that demystifies the setbacks this region has experienced on the road to transformation. Professor Sharabi pinpoints economic, political, social, and cultural changes in the last century that led the Arab world, as well as other developing countries, not to modernity but to neopatriarchy—a modernized form of patriarchy. He shows how authentic change was blocked and distorted forms and practices subsequently came to dominate all aspects of social existence and activity—among them militant religious fundamentalism, an ideology symptomatic of neopatriarchal culture. Presenting itself as the only valid option, Muslim fundamentalism now confronts the elements calling for secularism and democracy in a bitter battle whose outcome is likely to determine the future of the Arab world as well as that of other Muslim societies in Africa and Asia.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195079135
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1992
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1.Neopatriarchy: Concept and Reality3
2.Patriarchy and Modernity15
3.The Social Formation of Neopatriarchy26
4.The Structure and Relations of Neopatriarchy40
5.The Sociohistorical Origins of Neopatriarchy49
6.Neopatriarchy in the Age of Imperialism61
7.The Neopatriarchal Discourse85
8.Radical Criticism of Neopatriarchal Culture104
9.The Final Phase125
10.What Is To Be Done?148
Notes157
Bibliography177
Index187

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