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

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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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"An important statement about Arab society and politics that is required reading for anyone concerned with grasping the overall character of Arab politics and society....An original, fascinating, opinionated (a positive term), provocative and perceptive book....It is an essay rich in concepts, theses and theories that deserves careful study and thoughtful response."—American-Arab Affairs

"A profoundly interesting book."—Middle East Journal

"Sharabi's book constitutes a landmark in Arab thought. He challenges some of the most widely held and deeply cherished beliefs and attacks some of the most influential movements."—Charles Issawi, Princeton University

"Important, and even profound."—American Historical Review

"A courageous and insightful treatment of the Arab predicament and makes for compelling reading."—The Muslim World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195079135
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Georgetown University
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Table of Contents

1. Neopatriarchy: Concept and Reality 3
2. Patriarchy and Modernity 15
3. The Social Formation of Neopatriarchy 26
4. The Structure and Relations of Neopatriarchy 40
5. The Sociohistorical Origins of Neopatriarchy 49
6. Neopatriarchy in the Age of Imperialism 61
7. The Neopatriarchal Discourse 85
8. Radical Criticism of Neopatriarchal Culture 104
9. The Final Phase 125
10. What Is To Be Done? 148
Notes 157
Bibliography 177
Index 187
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