The Arab Cocoon: Progress and Modernity in Arab Societies

The Arab Cocoon: Progress and Modernity in Arab Societies

by Tarek Heggy


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The Lotus Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have come as no surprise to author Tarek Heggy. In his outstanding book The Arab Cocoon - now in paperback - Heggy clearly lays out the reasons that have prevented Arab societies from joining the West in the march of progress, and the tensions that this has created internally, as well as between the Arab world and the West. Heggy explores a widespread anti-modernity and anti-integration religious Islamic movement, out-dated educational systems, and an unhealthy hatred of the 'other' in the Arab world. He shows that the resulting systemic rejection of modernity and progress is the direct cause for the confrontation between most of the Arabic-speaking peoples and the West. It ensures that Arab culture, people, and their mentality are unable to integrate in the march of civilization, based on progress and modernity. Very little has been written in depth on the Arab culture and mind. Writing in an informative and accessible style, Tarek Heggy offers the depth needed to understand and deal with this expanding anti-modernity culture, against which the youth of the region are revolting, in one society after the other, using the very tools of modern technology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780853038924
Publisher: Vallentine Mitchell
Publication date: 03/17/2011
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 Civilization: A Product of Human Values 7

3 The Cold War Era (1945-90) 15

4 The Hurdles Impeding 'The Civilized March of Mankind' 22

5 Progress: An Outcome of the Civilized March 34

6 The Heart and Mind of the Middle East 42

7 Eliminating Obstacles 57

8 Economic Progress 78

9 Realizing Progress 97

10 Perpetual Progress 117

Epilogue 146

Bibliography 147

Index 149

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