The Arab Predicament: Arab Political Thought and Practice since 1967 / Edition 2

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A revised edition of the author's acclaimed 1981 study of major political ideas and trends in the Arab world has been updated in the light of recent turbulent events: the death of Sadat, the Iranian revolution, the Iran-Iraq War and the Gulf War.
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"Arguably the most calm, and most often correct, commentator on events occurring in the Persian Gulf during last year's war. Ajami provides clear and articulate insights in this thoughtful work." Armed Forces Journal International
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521438339
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1992
  • Series: Canto original Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 364,617
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Canto edition
Note to the nonspecialist reader
Introduction 1
1 One's world as it really is 29
The radical sensibility 32
The Bath Party: a retrospect 48
The Islamic response: radical fundamentalism 60
Conservative fundamentalism 74
2 Egypt as state, as Arab mirror 89
The legacy reassessed 96
The Egyptian search 108
The ways of the pharaoh, the ways of others 115
The push of the desert, the pull of the Mediterranean 124
Egypt as mirror, as state 139
Beyond the pharaohs: the "normal" polity, the burdened land 155
3 Fractured tradition: the claims of authenticity, the realities of dependence 169
The "revolution" contained 174
The dominant order's brief triumph 182
The question of authenticity and collaboration 199
The rulers' Islam, Islam of the ruled 213
The ways of the ancestors, the ways of the world 233
Notes 253
Index 269
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