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Contemporary Arab thought : cultural critique in comparative perspective

Author: Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010.
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Kassab, Elizabeth Suzanne.
Contemporary Arab thought.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010
(OCoLC)745176754
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab
ISBN: 9780231144889 0231144881 9780231516174 0231516177 023114489X 9780231144896
OCLC Number: 320799236
Description: xiv, 496 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Cultural malaise and cultural identity in twentieth-century western, postcolonial, and Arab debates --
The first modern Arab cultural Renaissance or Nahda : from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century --
Critique after the 1967 defeat --
The existential dramatization of critique the day after the defeat : Saadallah Wannous's theatrical oeuvre --
Humanistic nationalism and critical reason : Qustantin Zurayq --
The critique of religious-metaphysical thought : Sadeq Jalal al-Azm --
The critique of ideology and historicization : Abdallah Laroui --
Gendering critique : Nawal el-Saadawi and the late-twentieth-century Arab feminists --
The radicalization of critique and the call for democracy : reclaiming the individual's critical faculties --
Marxist, epistemological, and psychological readings of major conferences on cultural decline, renewal, and authenticity --
The Cairo Conference of 1971 : authenticity and renewal in contemporary Arab culture --
The Kuwait conference of 1974 : the crisis of civilizational development in the Arab homeland --
The Cairo Conference of 1984 : heritage and the challenges of the age in the Arab homeland : authenticity and contemporaneity --
Critique in these conferences : the fixation on tradition and the intellectualization of the malaise --
Critique in Islamic theology --
From the unthought and the unthinkable to the thinkable : Mohammed Arkoun --
The historicity of revelation and the struggle for thought in the time of Anathema : Nasr Hamid abu Zayd --
Feminist historicization of religious traditions : Nazira Zain al-Din, Fatima Mernissi, and Leila Ahmed --
An Islamic theology of liberation : the Islamic left of Hassan Hanafi --
A Christian Arab theology of liberation : Naim Ateek and Mitri Raheb in Palestine-Israel --
On the potential for critique in traditional Islam : Talal Asad's analysis of the public criticism by Ulemas in Saudi Arabia --
Islamic critique and the cultural malaise --
Secular critique --
Critique of the exclusive monopoly over true Islam : Farag Fouda --
The importance of keeping the debate on the human level : Fouad Zakariyya --
Critique of the essentialist and romantic conception of identity : Aziz al-Azmeh --
Critique of the Islamicization of knowledge and the quest for an indigenous social science : Bassam Tibi, Abdelkebir Khatibi, and Hisham Sharabi --
Critique of the conciliatory pattern of thinking : Muhammad Jaber al-Ansari, Hisham Sharabi, and Nadeem Naimy --
Secularism, democracy, and cultural critique --
Recentering the historical, the human, and the partial : the secular call for democracy and human rights --
Breaking the postcolonial solitude : Arab motifs in comparative perspective --
The western debates --
The non-western postcolonial debates --
Common leitmotivs and Arab specificities --
Shifting priorities --
Conclusion: The new Nahda impulses, reclaiming the right to freedom and life.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab.
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